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Northern Ireland round-up: Student accommodation, retail permission

Words: Roger Milne
Northern Ireland

A summary of planning news in Northern Ireland: week commencing 11 August

Durkan blocks trial drill at shale gas site

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has blocked proposals for exploratory drilling in Co Fermanagh to test for shale gas. Australian firm Tamboran had applied to drill a 750-metre hole at a quarry in Belcoo.

The Planner news

Student rooms plan for Belfast city centre

Plans have been submitted to build a 391-bedroom student accommodation block between Great Victoria Street and Sandy Row in Belfast.

It is the latest proposal for new student housing, ahead of the development of the University of Ulster's new city centre campus.

BBC News

Shipquay Street premises granted new lease of life

Derry City Council has ratified planning approval for the redevelopment of the former Gino’s retail store in Derry.

The plans include a new cafe/restaurant to the front of the property and a bar to the rear of 34 Shipquay Street which is within the Historic City Conservation Area.

Northern Ireland Executive

Ministers issue invite to developer contributions consultation event

Social development minister Nelson McCausland and environment minister Mark H Durkan will host a consultation event on their proposals for developer contributions for affordable housing on 10 September at the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick. Advance registration for the event is required.

Northern Irish Executive

Strabane Community Project celebrate £300,000 windfall

Strabane Community Project have been awarded just over £300,000 in funding, allowing them to purchase a house and regenerate unused open space into a community garden and allotments.

Strabane Weekly

Dungannon company fined £20,000 for planning offence

Glenfort Timber Engineering Ltd, which operates out of a site at 36 Rossmore Road Dungannon, has been fined £20,000 at Dungannon Magistrates' Court for non-compliance with a DOE planning enforcement notice and was also made to pay £440 in legal costs and £10 court costs.

Northern Irish Executive