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Northern Ireland round-up: Milestones for major Belfast developments; Lisburn set for housing boom

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 12 January-18 January, 2019

Milestones for major Belfast developments

Two major developments in the Northern Irish capital have made significant progress. The first phase of the ambitious Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing scheme gained approval, as did a major new student accommodation project for a location close to Queen’s University.

The Planner

Lisburn set for housing boom?

Lisburn looks set for a housing boom after the planning authority approved a 99-home scheme for the west of the city in the same area of Ballymacash, where the developer, MS Drayne Ltd, has also proposed a 545-house development.

Belfast Telegraph

D-day for Derry retirement complex

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council John Boyle has signed off a legal agreement that will pave the way for the development of a retirement complex at the site of the former Thornhill College on Culmore Road, Derry. It will provide a 65-bed care home and 68 semi-independent living units as well as allotments and landscaping.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Antrim enforcement activity

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has confirmed an ongoing enforcement investigation linked to a wide range of alleged breaches of planning control associated with the operation of a small business park in County Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

Greyhound racetrack goes under

Dumbo Park in Lisburn, a greyhound racing track, has announced its closure after 11 years in business, leaving the facility at Brandywell in Derry as the Province’s sole track.

Belfast Telegraph

Derry office jobs claim

The developer behind a proposed office complex at the former Ebrington Barracks in Derry has claimed that the 7,430 square metre scheme could deliver 640 new jobs.

Belfast Telegraph

Greenlight for Craigavon campus

Plans to build a new £45 million further and higher education campus in Craigavon have been approved.

Insider Media

Deloitte opts for new Belfast base

A vacant B-listed former Victorian linen warehouse in Belfast city centre is to become part of the second-largest UK hub of multinational company Deloitte. The firm has signed up as the anchor tenant of the new £85 million Bedford Street development with the abandoned warehouse at its centre.

Belfast Telegraph

Armagh restoration success

After 18 months of painstaking work, one of Northern Ireland’s best examples of an original mud-walled house, the grade B1,18th century Frizzell’s Cottage in County Armagh, has been completely restored, thanks to a £334,000 legacy gift to the National Trust.

Belfast Telegraph