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Northern Ireland round-up: Hospital and BTR block approved for Belfast; Gas storage consultation pledge

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 6 April-12 April, 2019

Hospital and BTR block approved for Belfast

Two major projects in the capital were approved this week by the city council’s planning committee – a new £250 million children’s hospital in west Belfast, and revised and reconsidered plans for the city’s first build-to-rent apartment scheme earmarked for a conservation area in the city centre.

The Planner

Gas storage consultation pledge

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has promised there will be a full public consultation on controversial proposals to go ahead with the development of a gas storage facility at Islandmagee. This involves the construction of seven underground caverns sited under Larne Lough, originally given planning permission back in 2012.

Belfast Newsletter

Orange Order unhappy over location of Belfast homes

The Orange Order has expressed concerns over Belfast City Council’s decision to approve a 10-unit housing scheme on a major and highly sensitive parade route, close to an Orange Hall in north Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

Royal send-off for Hillsborough Castle revamp

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have officially reopened Hillsborough Castle after the Georgian mansion’s extensive five-year makeover, which cost £20 million.

BBC News

Alpine-style toboggan-run project OK’d

A 565-metre alpine toboggan run, a first for Northern Ireland, has been approved by Belfast City Council for Colin Glen Forest Park.

Belfast City Council Twitter

Approval for Belfast church conversion

Proposals by the owners of the Galgorm Resort to turn a derelict church and parochial house on Belfast’s Ormeau Road into an £8 million restaurant and 18-bedroom hotel have got the green light.  

Belfast Telegraph