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Northern Ireland round-up: Major hotel schemes make the grade; Sperrins mine proposal prompts record objections

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 19 January-25 January, 2019

Major hotel schemes make the grade

Two major hotel schemes were approved this week – one in Newtownabbey and the other, against the advice of officials, in Portrush.

The Planner

Ian Tant inaugurated as the 2019 RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate Ian Tant MRTPI as the president of the RTPI for 2019.

The Planner

Brexit poses opportunity to give planners more flexibility

While ‘substantive gains’ have been made in the UK from EU environmental directives, concerns are growing about the implementation of them owing to resource shortages.

The Planner

Sperrins mine proposal prompts record objections

Dalradian, the Canadian company hoping to develop a gold and silver mine in the Sperrin Mountains, has insisted that it would welcome a public inquiry into its project near Greencastle in County Tyrone, which has sparked over 10,000 objections, believed to be a record for the province.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital cruise tally jumps

The number of tourists arriving in Belfast on cruise ships this year is expected to increase by 100,000 compared with last year’s tally of 185,000.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast car park plans have progressed

A £20 million scheme in Belfast providing a 575-vehicle multistorey car park and 650 square metres of office space has progressed, after the development became the second to be backed with a loan from the Northern Ireland Investment Fund.

Irish Times

Officials decline private dosh for Kilkeel development

Government officials have turned down a £350,000 offer from private businesses in Kilkeel to bankroll work, including an environmental impact assessment, required as a precursor to the development of Northern Ireland’s most important fishing harbour.

BBC News

Omagh factory plan

County Tyrone engineering firm Telestack has announced proposals for a new £5 million factory complex providing an extra 4,180 square metres of floorspace on a greenfield site at Omagh.

Belfast Telegraph

New guidance issued on monument safeguarding

The Department for Communities has just published new guidance on what planning applicants should do if they wish to develop within the area of a scheduled historic monument.

Northern Ireland Executive

School funding boost

The Department of Education has approved expenditure of £40 million on 16 projects involving school refurbishments or extensions, which will now proceed to planning.

Northern Ireland Executive

Go-ahead for Antrim homes on former factory site

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has approved proposals from Londonderry-based Fermac Properties to build 123 new homes on the site of a former textiles factory in Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph