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Northern Ireland round-up: Mid-Ulster leads digital planning roll-out; NI Water ditches objection to capital office scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 18 June-24 June, 2022

Mid-Ulster leads digital planning roll-out

A new online planning system for Mid Ulster went live this week.

The Planner

RTPI sets outs an adaptable approach to its research

The RTPI has published its 2022-2024 research strategy, which will see the institute take a broader approach to research that will allow it to be flexible.

The Planner

NI Water ditches objection to capital office scheme

A major commercial development on Belfast’s Grosvenor Road near the Westlink in the city centre has been backed by the city council now that NI Water has withdrawn its objection to the three-block scheme designed to provide accommodation for 2,500 office workers. The publicly owned water company says the project can proceed provided it remains unoccupied until after July 2023 when increased wastewater infrastructure capacity for the capital should be up and running.

Belfast Live

Offshore wind farm lined up off County Down coast

Cork-based energy company Simply Blue has announced that it will develop a 1.3 gigawatt floating offshore wind scheme off the County Down coast. The Olympic project will be the company’s second offshore wind proposal in Northern Ireland’s waters.

Irish News

Coleraine factory expansion approved

Armstrong Medical has secured planning permission from the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council for an £8 million factory expansion at the Wattstown Business Park in Coleraine, which will involve additional manufacturing floor space, warehousing, ancillary offices and staff parking.

Irish News

Kilkeel woodland moves

Mourne Park, a wildlife haven of ancient woodland near Kilkeel in County Down, is to be opened to the public for the first time in more than 500 years. The Woodland Trust bought 156 hectares of the 212-hectare estate in 2021 and now wants to purchase another 46 hectares to improve access and biodiversity.

Irish News

Antrim heritage bid

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is to make a £1.3 million funding bid for the conservation of Steeple Round Tower and Park in Antrim. It is a scheduled monument and a grade I listed structure.

Irish News

Go-ahead for Ballyclare scheme

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has approved proposals from family-run Watts Garage to transform a derelict site beside a filling station on the Ballynure Road in Ballyclare into two new retail units and a restaurant.

Insider Media

Mid Ulster spruce-up initiative

Investment in excess of £170,000 in more than 30 business properties has been confirmed in the final phase of Mid Ulster District Council’s ‘Town and Village Spruce Up’ scheme.

Insider Media

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