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Northern Ireland round-up: Luxury hotel looks set for Mournes AONB; Green light for 300 homes in and around Derry

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 2 February-8 February, 2019

Luxury hotel looks set for Mournes AONB

Outline proposals for a 100-bedtoom luxury hotel and spa at Rostrevor, in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, have been recommended for approval by officials at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The Planner

Green light for 300 homes in and around Derry

Derry City & Strabane District Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead for more than 300 new dwellings across the city and surrounding area with the largest development – 166 houses and 97 flats – earmarked for land north of the Skeoge Link Road in Galliagh.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

South Belfast housing fears

Residents have raised concerns over plans to build hundreds of new homes in south Belfast that locals fear will pose traffic problems, reduce community space and 'destroy' the environment.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital tree-planting move

An ambitious scheme to give Belfast a green makeover began this week with the planting of the first of a million trees across the city.

Belfast Telegraph

Housing shortage concern over classification

Northern Ireland could face a housing shortage if legislation is not passed to reclassify housing associations as private bodies by the end of March, a move which would help their ability to borrow.

BBC News

Travel stats published

Over the period 2015 to 2017, 70 per cent of all journeys in the province were made by car, 19 per cent by walking, 5 per cent by public transport and just 1 per cent by cycling. This is according to the latest Travel Survey for Northern Ireland in-depth report, just published.

Northern Ireland Executive

Newry rad-waste outcry

All members of the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have signed an emergency motion that the council will never consent to hosting a radioactive waste disposal facility in the area, after reports that research had suggested granite bedrock near the town might be suitable for a nuclear waste depository.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Capital car park project

A site in Belfast once earmarked for a huge new £55 million office block near Lanyon Place station could be turned into a 244-vehicle car park.

Belfast Telegraph

Holywood town centre project

A major new mixed-use development at Hibernia Street in Holywood town centre involving the demolition of a pub and a toilet block and their replacement with offices, retail and bars looks set to be given the go-ahead.

Belfast Telegraph