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Northern Ireland round-up: Huge west Belfast scheme mired in waste water problem; Christian walking trail revealed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 7 November-13 November, 2020

Huge west Belfast scheme mired in waste water problem

NI Water has confirmed to The Planner that waste water infrastructure problems in west Belfast are posing serious problems for a large development at Glemona.

The Planner

Christian walking trail revealed

Proposals have surfaced for a new Christian heritage walking trail, stretching 266 miles from Upper Lough Erne in Fermanagh to Bangor in North Down.

Belfast Telegraph

Former UTV HQ demolition backed to make way for 270 flats

Belfast City Council planners have recommended that Havelock House, the former home of UTV on the capital’s Ormeau Road, can be demolished to make way for an eight-storey building providing 270 flats.

Belfast Telegraph

Makeover for Belfast listed Custom House

Belfast’s Victorian grade B-listed Custom House building is to be refurbished and modernised after being sold to a Northern Ireland property investment company.

Belfast Telegraph

Causeway Coast way tourism moves

The first steps towards completing a £1.5 million tourism investment across County Antrim have been taken with the start of a £500,000 project to redevelop a walking trail along the Causeway Coast Way.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry development opportunity

Derry City and Strabane District Council has confirmed that it is releasing the former Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre site for development.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

New use for Bangor landmark?

Bangor’s former Northern Bank building, a historic landmark used as the town hall between 1933 and 1952, is at the centre of a planning application from a women’s centre.

Belfast Live

Newtownabbey developer sought

Sensata, a company that designs and makes sensors and electronic controls, is seeking expressions of interest from potential developers for the construction of a new technology centre at the Global Point Business Park in Newtownabbey, providing 5,715 square metres across two floors as well as 300 parking spaces.

Insider Media

Derry arts and culture project backed

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced an investment of £1.7 million in a new arts and cultural project in the Derry-Londonderry Urban Village area, which would see the existing New Gate Arts & Culture Centre and the adjacent vacant site transformed into a state-of-the-art shared performance space.

Northern Ireland Executive

Consultation starts on Belfast drainage and waste water management blueprint

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has launched a consultation on an integrated strategy for drainage and waste water management for the geographical area served by the six greater Belfast waste water treatment works, which discharge into inner Belfast Lough.

Northern Ireland Executive

Further green data published by gold mine company

Gold Ltd, the company behind a gold mine project in the Sperrin Mountains in County Tyrone, has submitted new environmental information and supporting documentation requested by the Department for Infrastructure.

Northern Ireland Executive

Funding for Portaferry woodland visitor attraction

Visitors to the recently reopened Nugent’s Wood in Portaferry can now enjoy an even better experience at the 13-hectare National Trust site, thanks to funding  from the two Irish governments and the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme. It has paid for a raft of improvements to the walking trail and repairs to the existing stone wall as well as new seating, sculptures and entrance signage.

Ferry FM