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Northern Ireland round-up: Major expansion of world-famous distillery mooted; NI Executive to receive extra £120m after Budget

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 4 March-10 March, 2017

Major expansion of world-famous distillery mooted

Bushmills distillery is planning to develop dozens of warehouses to mature its world-famous Irish whiskey as part of a multimillion-pound expansion of its County Antrim complex.

The Planner

RTPI launches ‘one-stop-shop’ resource on gender and planning

The RTPI has launched a ‘one-stop-shop’ resource for members to understand how planning can deliver safe, healthy and sustainable environments for everyone.


Assembly election: Sinn Féin hails ‘watershed’ result

Sinn Féin has hailed the assembly election as a “watershed” moment after the party came within one seat of drawing level with the DUP. A decision is yet to be made on the Executive, including who will be the planning minister.

BBC News

NI Executive to receive extra £120m after Budget

The Northern Ireland Executive will receive a small amount of additional funding because of the UK Government’s Spring Budget. There will be an extra £90 million for day-to-day spending through to 2019-20 while the capital budget will get an extra £30m through to 2020/21.

BBC News

Belfast's Crumlin Road court to become hotel

Belfast’s Crumlin Road courthouse has been sold to boutique hotel developer Signature Living, which plans to convert the iconic landmark into a 60-bed hotel.

Belfast Telegraph

Mayor launches next phase of Gransha Greenway

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council has launched the fourth phase of the Waterside greenway route linking into Gransha Estate.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Interconnecter public inquiry concluded

Commissioners from the Planning Appeals Commission are preparing their report into the Northern Ireland leg of the cross-border North-South Interconnector project following the public inquiry into the scheme.

Planning Appeals Commission

Electricity consumption report published

Between January 2016 and December 2016, a quarter of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland, according to the latest annual report. 

Department for the Economy

Council hosts conservation seminar

Derry City and Strabane District Council has hosted a one-day seminar highlighting the importance of regular inspection and maintenance of historic buildings to ensure their future conservation and reuse.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

New section of Belfast greenway opens

A further section of the Connswater Community Greenway linking C.S. Lewis Square, Mersey Street and Victoria Park has been opened.

Belfast City Council