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Northern Ireland round-up: Province’s tallest building proposed for Belfast; Green light for Ballyclare urban extension

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 13 April-19 April, 2019

Province’s tallest building proposed for Belfast

A public consultation exercise has just finished for what would be Northern Ireland’s tallest building, a 30-storey apartment block proposed for the Sailortown area of Belfast.

The Planner

Green light for Ballyclare urban extension

Civil servants from the Department for Infrastructure have approved reserved matters and changes to the conditions for a major urban extension at Ballyclare in County Antrim involving some 272 new homes, the southern section of the town’s relief road, a local centre and a public park.

Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast warehouse scheme

Plans have been submitted for a warehouse distribution facility on a five-hectare site within the Channel Commercial Park at the northern edge of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

Insider Media

Bushmills distillery expansion allowed

Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim is to double production over the next five years after plans were approved for a major extension at the north coast whiskey maker, which include a new distillery, boiler house, cooling equipment and barrel store at the existing site, all part of a £60 million expansion.

Belfast Telegraph

Capital flats scheme revealed

Proposals for a £12 million residential-led mixed-use scheme providing 80 flats for a site on Lisburn Road, Belfast, have been submitted to the city council.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast investment boost

Belfast is on course to double its £1 billion investment target, with around £2 billion of investment in regeneration and commercial property development either complete, on site or in planning, according to the city council.

Belfast City Council

Belfast pumping station restaurant conversion move

An old water pumping station in front of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall could be turned into a new restaurant under plans that involve both the conversion of the existing building and the addition of a two-storey extension by its new owners.

Belfast Telegraph

County Fermanagh mansion restoration

Florence Court, an 18th century country mansion on County Fermanagh owned by the National Trust, has received a £375,000 cash boost from the National Lottery. This will be used to restore the estate’s kitchen garden to its 1930s character, which will involve the reinstatement of two glasshouses.

Belfast Telegraph

Footfall falters

Footfall in Northern Ireland’s shops slumped by 3.3 per cent during March, the worst rate of decline of all the UK regions, according to a report out this week.

Belfast Telegraph

Giant’s Causeway visitor probe

The National Trust is carrying out a sustainability study on the community impact of increased visitor numbers to the Giant’s Causeway and nearby rope bridge Carrick-a-Rede.

Belfast Telegraph

Arc 21 revisited responses mount up

The Department for Infrastructure has received a large volume of representations over its reconsideration of controversial proposals for an energy-from-waste complex at Hightown Quarry in County Antrim – the Arc 21 project – and has announced on its planning website that it will not be writing to respondents individually.

Northern Ireland Executive