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Northern Ireland round-up: Masterplan submitted for Belfast’s Sirocco site; Milestone for A6 dualling project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 31 March-6 April, 2018

Masterplan submitted for Belfast’s Sirocco site

Developer Vanguard Real Estate has revealed new details and a community consultation on proposals for 450 flats, the first phase of residential development proposed at Belfast Waterside.

The Planner

Renewable electricity generation on the rise

The UK’s renewable electricity generation in 2017 increased by 18.8 per cent compared with 2016, largely because of increased capacity and higher wind speeds.

The Planner

Milestone for A6 dualling project

The Department for Infrastructure has appointed the contractor to construct the 25.5-kilometre A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe dualling scheme, one of the province’s flagship projects, with a price tag of £220 million.

Northern Ireland Executive

Portrush hotel project triggers hundreds of objections

A luxury hotel resort project proposed for Portrush has attracted nearly 400 objections from community groups and residents, it has emerged.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry holiday flats proposal

Proposals for Derry's first holiday apartment block have been submitted to the council by the property group currently building a 116-bedroom Holiday Inn in the city.

Belfast Telegraph

Antrim forestry consultation

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Forest Service has launched a public consultation on its plans for Antrim forestry.

Northern Ireland Executive

Post-flooding cash for north-west rivers

Half a million pounds is being spent on four rivers in the north-west of Northern Ireland – the Glenelly, the Faughan, the Owenkillew and the Burndenett – which were badly affected by flash floods last August.

Northern Ireland Executive

New greenway from east Belfast gathers momentum

A campaign to create a new greenway from the heart of east Belfast to the North Down coast is gaining momentum.

Belfast Telegraph

Active travel report published

The latest Walking and Cycling to/from Work in Northern Ireland 2016/2017 report is now available.

Northern Ireland Executive

Derry airport branded a ‘waste of money’

A local politician has called for City of Derry Airport, owned by Derry City and Strabane District Council, to close because it was a ‘colossal waste of money’ whose funding would be better spent on new roads infrastructure.

BBC News