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Northern Ireland round-up: Lisburn quarry scheme refused by Department for Infrastructure officials; Special economic zone status for the Province?

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 13 January-19 January, 2018

Lisburn quarry scheme refused by Department for Infrastructure officials

Full planning permission for a large quarry on land between the Saintfield Road and the Creevy Road near Lisburn, in County Down, has been refused by officials from the Department for Infrastructure because of noise and amenity issues.

The Planner

John Acres inaugurated as RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate John Acres as the 2018 RTPI president.

The Planner

Applause for town planning ideas from students

New housing using natural materials, electric car-charging infrastructure, smart energy meters, and a sensory garden are among the many ideas put forward by the winners of the 2017 RTPI World Town Planning Day Schools Competition.


Special economic zone status for the Province?

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has argued that the only credible means of addressing Northern Ireland’s economic needs post-Brexit was for it to become a special economic zone.

Irish Times

Green light for Belfast student development

A 430-bed student development planned for Belfast city centre has been given the green light by the city council.

Belfast Telegraph

Portstewart spa hotel backed by planners

A proposed new four-star spa hotel with 120 bedrooms near Portstewart has been recommended for approval by Causeway Coast and Glens Council planners, and could be ready by 2019 when the Open golf championship comes to the area.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast flood alleviation scheme starts

NI Water and the Department for Infrastructure have announced that work is now under way on a flood alleviation project in the Greystown/Malone area of Belfast.

NI Water

Go-ahead for Belfast church conversion into flats

Belfast City Council has given the go-ahead for a controversial plan to demolish a Baptist church in the capital and replace it with 22 flats, as well as agreeing to the listing of a number of 1960s buildings, including a modernist teaching block at Queens University.  

Belfast Telegraph

Ballykelly barracks building campaign

A campaign has been launched to prevent NI Water from demolishing a ‘historically significant’ wartime building at the former Shackleton Army barracks in Ballykelly.

Belfast Telegraph

Antrim 400-home scheme

A £60 million residential development of nearly 400 homes has been recommended for planning approval by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Belfast Telegraph

Final budget details

The Department of Finance has confirmed the final reallocations to key public services in 2017-18 of £23.3 million overall, which includes money for public transport agency Translink, social housing and for infrastructure works as part of the redevelopment of the Ebrington project in Derry.

Northern Ireland Executive