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Northern Ireland round-up: Newry city centre regeneration proposals make waves; Capital city centre scheme demolitions approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 June-15 June, 2018

Newry city centre regeneration proposals make waves

International property consultancy Deloitte has recommended that Newry city centre be regenerated as part of a strategy designed to deliver new investment, create jobs and attract visitors.

The Planner

Rise in students on RTPI-accredited planning courses

The number of students across the world studying an RTPI-accredited course grew by 8 per cent in 2017/18 to 4,138.

The Planner

RTPI elects new Fellow

Susan Bridge is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election in June.


Capital city centre scheme demolitions approved

Three buildings in the heart of Belfast are set to be razed to make way for a £400 million regeneration project, formerly known as the Royal Exchange scheme. The move follows a unanimous decision by the capital’s planning committee despite concern over the impact on listed buildings and the city centre conservation area.

Belfast Telegraph

Warrenpoint Port developments

Warrenpoint Port is set to pump £3 million into its craneage as the busy harbour, mainly trading in timber, cement, steel and grain, prepares to make itself Brexit-ready.

Irish Times

Heaney farm microbrewery project

The family farm that once inspired Seamus Heaney is set for a new chapter now that Mid Ulster District Council has approved a proposal to develop a microbrewery on the site at Bellaghy in County Derry.

Irish Times

Belfast police station flat conversion proposed

A proposal to convert a former police station in south Belfast into two modern blocks of flats providing 59 new homes has been submitted to the city council.

Belfast Telegraph

First commercial data centre in NI opens in Coleraine

Global firm 5NINES has opened Northern Ireland’s first commercial data centre in Coleraine, County Londonderry, four years after the site was selected as an enterprise zone.

Belfast Telegraph

Greenhouse gases data

The latest statistical bulletin on greenhouse gas emissions for Northern Ireland during the period 1990-2016 has been published. It shows that, while emissions rose in 2016 compared with the previous year, the longer-term trend showed a decrease of nearly 16 per cent over the period since the baseline year of 1990.

Northern Ireland Executive

More and faster train services mooted between Belfast and Dublin

Translink and Republic of Ireland counterpart Iarnród Éireann have launched a plan for an hourly rail service between the two capitals, with journeys taking less than two hours, shaving over 10 minutes off existing travel times.

Irish Independent

Springfield Dam and Park proposals

Belfast City Council has started a consultation exercise in relation to proposals to redevelop the capital’s Springfield Dam and Park.

Belfast City Council

Boris backs bridge across the Irish Sea?

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson is reported to be supportive of the idea of building a bridge linking Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Asda expansion approved

Belfast City Council has approved supermarket chain Asda’s plans to extend its Belfast Westwood Retail Park superstore in a £2.5 million project that will see the retailer extend its west Belfast store by 650 square metres.

Belfast Telegraph