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Northern Ireland round-up: New office block earmarked for Belfast conservation area; NI Water pleads for £2.5bn to plug infrastructure crisis

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 21 September-27 September, 2019

New office block earmarked for Belfast conservation area

A £10 million office development has been proposed for Belfast’s Linen Quarter.

The Planner

Climate crisis challenge won’t be met without coherent urban planning

Failing to adopt a ‘more joined-up’ approach to planning the UK’s towns and cities will make it impossible to meet the challenges of climate change, population growth and environmental risks.

The Planner

NI Water pleads for £2.5bn to plug infrastructure crisis

NI Water has said it needs £2.5 billion to plug an infrastructure crisis that could stymie housebuilding in places from Limavady to Newry, as well as the capital’s economic growth.

NI Water

Green light for Newry motorway services

A £6 million motorway service station is set to be developed at Newry now that forecourt company Maxol has obtained planning permission for the scheme, which will be built on the Armagh Road outside the city.

Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier eyes capital expansion

Aerospace giant Bombardier is planning a major expansion of its aircraft-making facility in Belfast, which could see a 31,500 square metre extension built at its site at Airport Road West.

Belfast Telegraph

Bangor waterfront project consultant named

Ards and North Down Borough Council has appointed AECOM as lead consultant for its £60 million Bangor Waterfront project, which will see the redevelopment of a 2.2-mile stretch of the seafront.

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Portstewart resort developers upbeat despite setback

The developers behind a troubled £20 million hotel and leisure resort at Portstewart say they are not giving up on the project despite a High Court judge quashing consent for the scheme.

Belfast Telegraph

MWA Planning ceases trading

Belfast-based consultant MWA Planning has stopped trading with the loss of five jobs after revealing cash flow problems partly caused, it claimed, by late-paying local authorities.

Belfast Telegraph

Huge Sperrins wind farm hearing ends

The inquiry into SSE’s proposals for the country’s largest onshore wind farm, a 36-turbine array capable of producing 115 megawatts of power planned for Doraville in the Sperrins in County Tyrone, has finished.

Planning Appeals Commission