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Northern Ireland round-up: Key Belfast regeneration scheme made to wait; Downpatrick expansion development to be considered by council

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 July-31 July 2020

Key Belfast regeneration scheme made to wait

Belfast councillors went against the advice of officials this week by deferring a decision on a huge urban regeneration scheme in the heart of the capital.

The Planner

Interactive roadmap seeks to aid improvement of town centres

The Better Towns Roadmap consortium has launched an interactive roadmap to help to ‘transform’ towns across the UK.

The Planner

Downpatrick expansion development to be considered by council

Food producer Finnebrogue Artisan has submitted proposals to Newry, Mourne and Down Council for a significant expansion of its activities on land adjacent to its existing plant in Downpatrick, which would mean an additional 27,500 square metres of new production and warehousing space.

Belfast Telegraph

Urban centre funding

Communities minister Carál Ní Chuilín and rural affairs minister Edwin Poots have announced £11 million of funding to support town and city centres in their economic recovery from the effects of Covid-19.

Northern Ireland Executive

York Street Interchange review

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has announced a quick-fire review of the York Street Interchange scheme in Belfast to ensure that the project is future-proofed and forward-looking in respect of policies on sustainable travel.

Northern Ireland Executive

More Covid-19 funding from UK Treasury

Finance minister Conor Murphy has welcomed £600 million of additional funding from the UK Treasury to support the Northern Ireland Executive’s Covid-19 response.

Northern Ireland Executive

Ormeau Road foot wars

Politicians, residents and businesses are divided over plans to pedestrianise Belfast’s Ormeau Road over summer weekends.

Belfast Telegraph

Funding for masterplan for historic east Belfast flax mill site 

Portview Trade Centre has been awarded a grant of over £200,000 towards the preparation of a masterplan for the site on at Newtonards Road in east Belfast of what was once the largest flax tow spinning mill in the world.

Belfast Times

Dromore revamp under way

A £1.4 million public realm scheme that will transform the Market Square, Church Street and Bridge Street areas of Dromore town centre is now under way.

Northern Ireland Executive