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Northern Ireland round-up: New Belfast office and hotel projects unveiled; Draft Derry development plan launched for consultation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 30 November-6 December, 2019

New Belfast office and hotel projects unveiled

Proposals for a £30 million commercial redevelopment of buildings at Linenhall Street, Clarence Street and Bedford Street in Belfast city centre have been revealed by Surrey-based development company Domus UK Ltd.

The Planner

Rise in energy storage projects, research suggests

The number of planning applications for battery storage projects in the UK continues to increase ‘rapidly’, according to recent research.

The Planner

Draft Derry development plan launched for consultation

The draft strategy for Derry City & Strabane District Council’s emerging local development plan has been published and is out for public consultation.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Capital progress noted

In the past two years 5,855 jobs were created in the capital, alongside 77,110 square metres of new grade A office space and an extra 3,000 hotel beds, according to a new report on Belfast’s economic and social progress.

Belfast City Council

Slemish mountain moves

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council is considering a new path to the summit of the County Antrim mountain where the patron saint of Ireland is said to have tended his sheep. The council is also looking at a looped walk around the mountain base, visitor information and on-site facilities.

Belfast Telegraph

Antrim outlet wrangle

A Christian charity has appealed against the decision by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to refuse a retrospective planning application for its outlet in Antrim. The shop sells second-hand furniture and helps disadvantaged people across Northern Ireland and in Eastern Europe.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital night tsar call

Three Belfast business groups are campaigning for the capital to have its own ‘night tsar’ to boost the night-time economy.

Belfast Telegraph

Antrim retail park project

Details of the second phase of the £30 million redevelopment of Antrim's Junction retail park have been unveiled, detailing new infrastructure leading into and throughout the site as well as a public square and a tree-lined entrance.

Belfast Telegraph

Mid & East Antrim planning strategy deadline

Consultation ends next week on Mid & East Antrim Borough Council’s draft planning strategy for its local development plan.

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

Nearly half of NI’s energy needs met by renewables

Nearly 45 per cent of Northern Ireland's electricity demand was met by renewable energy sources over the past year, according to latest official statistics.

Belfast Telegraph

Tourist plan put into action

A new plan has been launched to increase the number of tourists visiting Northern Ireland to 2.57 million.

Belfast Telegraph