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Northern Ireland round-up: Major Belfast office schemes approved; Greenways funding boost

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 11 August-17 August, 2018

Major Belfast office schemes approved

Two major new Belfast office developments worth a combined £70 million have received approval from the capital’s planning committee.

The Planner

Greenways funding boost

Plans for eight new greenway routes across Northern Ireland have been given a £200,000 funding boost.

Northern Ireland Executive

Bushmills warehouses backed

A bid by whiskey company Bushmills to significantly expand its operation on the north coast by building 29 new maturation warehouses looks set to gain approval.

Belfast Telegraph

Architect Alan Jones elected as next RIBA president

Architect Alan Jones, director of his own practice based in County Antrim and senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, has been elected the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Royal Institute of British Architects

Bangor housing progress

Developer Lagan Homes has started work on a multimillion-pound development called Helens Wood, that will provide 350 new houses for Bangor.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush activity centre revamp

A proposal to revamp a Portrush activity centre to include a surf facility, indoor recreation, restaurant and possibly accommodation has taken a major step forward now that officials from the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council have recommended approval of the major £9 million upgrade of the former Dunluce Centre.

Belfast Telegraph

Coleraine turbines in trouble

Planners have recommended that proposals to erect five large wind turbines on the outskirts of Coleraine should be refused.

Belfast Telegraph

Listed Lurgan post box?

A Victorian-era post box in Lurgan’s Market Street is a candidate for listed status.

Belfast Telegraph

Hotel room size poser

A new addition to the UK chain of easyHotels has been allowed to open in Belfast despite an issue with room sizes.

BBC News