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Northern Ireland round-up: Housing scheme for university campus rejected; Kennedy announces plans for Belfast cycle routes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 15 August-21 August, 2015

Council rejects major housing scheme earmarked for university campus site

Ulster University is “reviewing its options” after members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s planning committee agreed to refuse an application for a major residential development at its Jordanstown campus.

The Planner

Former Shackleton Army Barracks to be disposed of ‘as soon as possible’

The former Shackleton army barracks and airbase on the North Coast of County Londonderry is to be disposed of quickly without a formal business case, the first and deputy first ministers have decided. Some 251 hectares of the site are available for redevelopment. Both the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Northern Ireland Water have already taken space at the facility.

Belfast Telegraph

Lough Neagh duck population down 75 per cent as Earl of Shaftesbury keeps digging

Lough Neagh has lost three-quarters of its duck population because pollution and sand extraction are destroying its ecology, conservationists have claimed.

Mid-Ulster Mail

Kennedy announces plans for Belfast bicycle routes

Transport minister Danny Kennedy is inviting the public to have their say on proposals for the further development of bicycle infrastructure in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Executive 

Public left bemused as ‘architectural eyesore‘ ruins view of Waterfront Hall

The public have taken to social media to criticise the “architectural eyesore” known as the “Box on the Docks” that “ruins view” of Waterfront Hall.

Belfast Telegraph

Major Belfast office development is placed into receivership

A major office development in Belfast city centre, the Adelaide Exchange scheme, has been placed into receivership by Ulster Bank. Tenants in the building include Belfast City Council.

BBC News