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Northern Ireland round-up: Marine plan makes waves; Warrenpoint Port growth proposals

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 14 April-20 April, 2018

Northern Irish marine plan makes waves 

Consultation on the draft Marine Plan for Northern Ireland was launched this week by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

The Planner

Built environment build capacity ‘crucial’ to Commonwealth success

The RTPI is among a number of national and Commonwealth organisations to pledge to help build capacity in Commonwealth countries that are struggling with the impact of rapid urbanisation.

The Planner

Government puts up money for global climate challenge

UK Government ministers have announced that more than £8 million will be invested in British technology in an attempt to help Commonwealth countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for natural disasters.

The Planner

Warrenpoint Port growth proposals

Warrenpoint Port, the second largest port in Northern Ireland, has unveiled a 25-year growth plan that involves plans to upgrade transport links to the facility, including the delivery of the southern relief road as well as the redevelopment of the town dock in Warrenpoint Square.

Warrenpoint Port

Belfast projects approved

An office block and a school science building are among the latest developments that have been granted planning permission by Belfast City Council.

Belfast City Council

Lisburn tourism expectations

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has claimed that up to £30 million could be injected into the local economy by bolstering the tourism sector.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush hotel makeover
Hotel group Andras has unveiled new plans to revamp the former Londonderry Hotel in Portrush, in a £6.6 million project that would involve preserving and restoring the grade B1 property, which faces the north coast town’s Main Street.

Belfast Telegraph

New homes for Comber and Dundonald

Developers are planning nearly 100 new homes in Comber and Dundonald in multimillion-pound projects now in the pipeline.

Belfast Telegraph

Cross-border greenway progress

The latest phase of an EU-funded cross-border greenway linking Newry with Carlingford in County Louth is to open to the public in the first week of May.

BBC News

Ultra-fast broadband concern mounts

The minister for digital has voiced concern that the £150 million pledged for ultra-fast broadband in Northern Ireland under the DUP-Conservative pact may not be spent within the intended two-year timeframe.

BBC News

Mega play-trail for Gosford Forest Park

Gosford Forest Park near Markethill, County Armagh, is set to have a multimillion-pound upgrade that will include Ireland’s largest bespoke adventure play trail.

Belfast Telegraph

Brandywell Regeneration scheme opened

The official opening of the redeveloped Brandywell stadium and greyhound track was held this week.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Best kickabout historic link

The east Belfast green where George Best kicked his first football is to be officially twinned with Flanders Peace Field in Belgium, site of the 1914 Christmas truces, where Allied troops and German forces came together to play football during a pause in the conflict.

Belfast Telegraph

Special status for Lough Neagh fish

Lough Neagh Pollan fish have been awarded special status as ‘Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)’ by the European Commission.

BBC News

New role for Bangor’s Victorian seafront courthouse

Bangor’s iconic 150-year-old seafront courthouse is set to be brought back into use for the community now that the Department of Justice has transferred the Victorian building into the hands of an arts charity, using the Northern Ireland Executive’s Community Asset Transfer scheme.

Northern Ireland Executive