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07/06/2019

Northern Ireland round-up: Major housing scheme on County Down peninsula gains approval; Belfast city centre blueprint announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 1 June-7 June, 2019

Major housing scheme on County Down peninsula gains approval

A large residential development of nearly 160 homes has been approved for the County Down seaside village of Millisle, on the outer Ards peninsula.

The Planner

Belfast city centre blueprint

Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee has agreed to jointly commission a study with the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Communities to examine how the city centre should develop in a way that is accessible and welcoming for all.

Belfast City Council

Backing for key capital schemes

A multimillion-pound office and retail development that includes the listed ‘Butchers’ building next to the capital’s Smithfield Market has been recommended for approval by planning officials – as has a bid to build a 253-unit student accommodation block over a railway line in south Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

Empty buildings bill

Councils in Northern Ireland spent almost £300,000 of ratepayers' money on empty buildings, according to a report from the right-wing pressure group the TaxPayers' Alliance.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast housing developments update

Proposals for a 50-house development near the Antrim Road in Belfast have been submitted to the city council. Separately, proposals have surfaced to convert a former office in College Square East into six guesthouse flats and a developer has proposed a 10-storey block of flats on Dublin Road, the capital’s so-called Golden Mile.

Belfast Telegraph

Funds for reuse of historic buildings

A £300,000 social investment loan fund is now available to support organisations in Northern Ireland with projects designed to boost communities by reusing historic buildings.

Northern Ireland Executive

Record green power usage

During the 12 months between April 2018 and March 2019, 38.6 per cent of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources, an increase of 2.1 percentage points on the previous year and the highest rolling 12-month proportion on record.

Northern Ireland Executive

Mourne mountain wall restoration scoops top award

A scheme launched to restore a 100-year-old and 22-mile long County Down mountain wall to its original condition has been named as Northern Ireland's building project of the year.

Belfast Telegraph

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