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Northern Ireland round-up: Planning legislation review still unfinished; Green light for airport terminal extension

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 17 July-23 July, 2021

NI planning legislation review still unfinished

The Department for Infrastructure’s review of the legislation underpinning Northern Ireland’s planning system is still unfinished, but the department says it anticipates that the report will be published ‘later this year’ a spokesperson has told The Planner.

The Planner

Green light for airport terminal extension

Belfast International Airport’s £15 million plans for a major extension to its main terminal building has been approved by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Go-ahead for Antrim homes

Developer Bangor West Ltd has been given permission to build 33 new homes, a mix of flats and houses, at Antrim.

Insider Media

Planning is 'essential' to children's recovery after Covid-19

Planners should engage children and young people at an early stage within policies, plans and developments rather than seeing them as an ‘add-on’ later, according to RTPI guidance.

The Planner

Comber agri-factory expansion approved

Ards and North Down Borough Council has approved agri-food firm Mash Direct’s multimillion-pound expansion of its factory at Comber.

Irish News

Belfast baths restoration on song

The £17 million restoration and expansion of Belfast’s 19th century Templemore Baths is making good progress and will see an extra six-lane, 25-metre pool, spa facility and fitness suite added to the listed building, the sole surviving Victorian public bath on the island of Ireland and a historically significant landmark in the capital.

Belfast City Council

Blackwater River snarl -up

Anglers, eelers and campaigners are urging multi-agency talks in a bid to clear one of Northern Ireland's best-known waterways, the River Blackwater, which runs along the Armagh-Tyrone border to Lough Neagh. Over the past 15 years the section where the river meets the lough has become almost impassable owing to a build-up of silt.

BBC News

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