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Northern Ireland round-up: Stormont civil servants warn of infrastructure threat facing Belfast; Mid and East Antrim LDP makes progress

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 7 September-13 September, 2019

Stormont civil servants warn of infrastructure threat facing Belfast

Stormont civil servants have warned that the development of Belfast is threatened by infrastructure constraints, the result of political paralysis and the absence of multi-year budgets for the services provided by the likes of NI Water.

The Planner

Revised plans for key capital development lodged

Revised plans for Belfast’s Tribeca development earmarked for a site near St Anne's Cathedral have been lodged with the city council by London-based developer Castlebrooke Investments following a further round of public consultation.

Belfast Telegraph

Mid and East Antrim LDP makes progress

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is due to start consulting on the draft strategy for its local development plan next week.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

PM ponders NI-Scotland bridge

Prime Minister Boris Johnston has instructed UK Government officials to explore the possibility of a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, according to documents obtained by Channel 4 News.

Belfast Telegraph

Huge wind farm proposed near Larne

Green power company RES Ltd has revealed details of its proposed 50-megawatt Ballygilbert wind farm, earmarked for land near the village of Carncastle, near Larne in County Antrim, where it plans to put up 14 turbines, each 150 metres high.

Northern Ireland Executive

New stretch of A6 opened

The first phase of the flagship A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme, a 7.5 kilometre stretch between Toome and the M22 at Randalstown, was officially opened this week.

Department for Infrastructure

Fewer shoppers in retail centres

Footfall in Northern Ireland’s retail centres fell by 3 per cent during August, however, the rate of high street decline softened.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast hotel projects shelved and for sale

Signature Living, the Liverpool-based developer behind ambitious proposals for five hotels in the capital including plans to convert the listed Crumlin Road courthouse, has decided to sell up after only part-finishing one project – its George Best Hotel in the city centre.

Belfast Telegraph