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Northern Ireland round-up: Maghera business park proposals under fire from residents; Derry green infrastructure blueprint published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 March-15 March, 2019

Maghera business park proposals under fire from residents

Mid Ulster District Council is facing significant local opposition to its plans to redevelop the former Maghera High School site as an industrial park.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: £3bn for affordable housing scheme

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme in the Spring Statement, and that progress is being made on a growth deals for Derry/Londonderry.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: Reaction

There are some ‘useful’ measures in the Spring Statement, the RTPI said, but nothing that would alleviate the worry about local authority finances and therefore help to deliver more affordable housing.

The Planner

RTPI attends MIPIM

The president and chief executive of the RTPI have attended the world’s leading property exhibition, MIPIM.

The Planner

A capital fit for kids?

Belfast City Council has announced it will explore ways it can reimagine its city centre and learn from other cities to create public spaces and streets that are child-friendly and encourage learning.

Belfast City Council

Derry green infrastructure blueprint published

Derry City & Strabane District Council and its partners have published for consultation their first-ever green infrastructure plan which covers the period up to 2032.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Casement Park redevelopment D-Day soon?

A decision on the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Casement Park is set to be made by officials as soon as possible, according to a letter to the Ulster GAA from the Department for Infrastructure.

Belfast Telegraph

Green light for Belfast flats on the Ormeau Road

Plans for a seven-storey residential scheme providing 38 flats on Ormeau Road, a main arterial route into central Belfast, have been recommended for approval by the city council.

Insider Media

First apart-hotel scheme mooted for Belfast

A Belfast developer has unveiled proposals for what is thought would be the capital’s first apart-hotel, a 14-storey scheme providing 184 units on a site at the junction of Queen Street and College Street.

Belfast Telegraph

Go-ahead for Ballymena barracks redevelopment

Proposals from the Department for Communities for the regeneration of St Patrick’s Barracks, Ballymena, with up 140 homes, a £30 million leisure health and wellbeing centre and new road network have been approved by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

Northern Ireland Executive