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Northern Ireland round-up: Sperrins gold mine heads off to inquiry; Titanic Quarter flats application lodged

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 18 September-24 September, 2021

Sperrins gold mine heads off to inquiry

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has fired the starting gun for the consideration of the province’s biggest planning application ever mooted – the contentious proposals to develop a gold mine in the Sperrin Mountains.

The Planner

More action needed to reverse decline in biodiversity – but it can be done, say UK bodies

Outcomes for nature need to be integrated in development plans on land and at sea, according to a report published by the UK’s five statutory nature organisations.

The Planner

Partnership seeks to help small builders

Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England have announced that they will invest an additional £300 million commitment to SME and regional housebuilders in the UK.

The Planner

Titanic Quarter flats application lodged

The planning application has been lodged for a large new urban development called Loft Lines involving 778 waterfront flats – 20 per cent of which will be affordable – in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. A partnership between Lacuna Developments, Watkin Jones Group, Titanic Quarter Limited and Belfast Harbour is behind the 1.5-hectare scheme.

Irish News

Belfast flats proposed

DLL Properties has unveiled proposals for 116 flats on a 1.2-hectare site close to Belfast’s Ormeau Park.

Irish News

Rostrevor GAA project backed

Contentious proposals for a new GAA sports complex at Rostrevor in South Down have been approved by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council against the advice of officials. The Department for Infrastructure will now consider whether to intervene.

Irish News

Portadown Amazon scheme

Amazon has announced plans for a new 7,000-square-metre delivery station in the County Armagh town of Portadown.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast chief exec Wylie set to walk

Belfast City Council has confirmed that Suzanne Wylie, its chief executive since 2014, is leaving to take on a senior role with the Jersey Government.

Belfast City Council

Newcastle flood protection scheme signed off

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has signed off the £5.1 million Shimna River flood alleviation scheme at Newcastle, a project which will involve the construction of 1,430 metres of flood walls and embankments.

Northern Ireland Executive

Antrim & Newtownabbey LDP progress

The Planning Appeals Commission has assigned commissioner Andrew Speirs to conduct the independent examination of the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council Local Development Plan.

Planning Appeals Commission

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