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Northern Ireland round-up: Political impasse casts a shadow over regeneration schemes; Green light for Southern Regional College campus

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 25 March-31 March, 2017

NI political impasse casts a shadow over regeneration schemes

Stormont’s power-sharing arrangements collapsed this week after the five major parties failed to reach agreement. No budget or Programme for Government has been set to govern public spending during the financial year, which begins next month.

The Planner

Green light for Southern Regional College campus

Proposals to build a new Southern Regional College campus at Banbridge have been approved by the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Insider Media

Northern Ireland's biggest solar farm is switched on

Northern Ireland’s biggest solar power project has now been turned on in County Antrim. The scheme is rated at 32 megawatts.

Belfast Telegraph

£7m hotel plans revealed

Plans to build a £7 million hotel in Derry have been revealed. The corner of Strand Road and Great James Street is earmarked for the Duddy Group’s Holiday Inn Express.

Insider Media

Derelict Belfast church could be transformed into 31 homes

A church and its grounds in north Belfast could be converted into 31 new homes, it has been revealed. Under these plans the Church of the Resurrection on the Antrim Road, close to Cave Hill, would be turned into three flats.

Belfast Telegraph

Junction One set to undergo rebrand amid £30m revamp

Retail park Junction One’s £30 million transformation plans have been unveiled – including a name change. The County Antrim retail park is expanding with 20 new shops, cafés and restaurants and a cinema, and will be rebranded as The Junction.

Belfast Telegraph

Further details emerge of One Bankmore Square

Further details have emerged of plans to build the largest office building in Northern Ireland, with the landmark Belfast address expected to attract interest from corporations of a "global scale".

Inside Media

Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell help drive golf industry

New research has highlighted that golf is now worth more than £2.5 million a week to the Northern Ireland economy and supports more than 2,200 jobs.

Belfast Telegraph

New power station could help fuel 500,000 homes and businesses

A planning application for a £280 million gas-fired power station with the capacity to meet the power needs of half the homes and businesses in the province is expected within the next few weeks, the developer has insisted.

Belfast Telegraph

Martin Lynch backs group fighting to ‘save’ Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter from demolition

Belfast playwright Martin Lynch has thrown his weight behind campaigners who are concerned that the latest redevelopment plans for the city’s cathedral quarter will mean the wholesale demolition of the historic area.

Belfast Telegraph