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Northern Ireland round-up: Major new student accommodation scheme mooted for capital; Derry housing developments

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 2 March-8 March, 2019

Major new student accommodation scheme mooted for capital

Proposals have been submitted for a £18 million student accommodation complex in Belfast at a vacant site over the railway line between Botanic Avenue and University Road.

The Planner

Derry housing developments

Two residential developments got the go-ahead this week in Derry: a 64-dwelling scheme at Nazareth House, Bishop Street, and a seven-storey block of flats which will deliver 42 new homes at the corner of Duke Street and Fountain Hill.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Backing for Belfast bank redevelopment

A three-storey former Ulster Bank building in south Belfast looks set to be demolished to make way for a new £5 million residential and retail complex now that officials have recommended the scheme goes ahead.

Belfast Telegraph

Downpatrick hotel gains traction

Planners at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have recommended approval for a proposal to build a four-star hotel on the site of a former hotel in Downpatrick.

Belfast Telegraph

Lidl demolition scheme for Newcastle

Retailer Lidl is closing in on a new store in Newcastle after planning officials backed the supermarket chain’s proposal to demolish a former school to make way for a retail outlet.

Belfast Telegraph

Hotel proposed for site of former Belfast punk venue

Proposals have been submitted to Belfast City Council for a 17-bedroom hotel at the original site of The Harp Bar, once Northern Ireland’s premier punk venue.

Belfast Telegraph

Latest green power stats

Nearly 40 per cent of Northern Ireland’s electricity use now comes from renewable sources, according to the latest government figures.

Belfast Telegraph