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Northern Ireland round-up: Ulster University campus relocation will be catalyst for city centre growth, claims planner; Derry councillors approve new school

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning in Northern Ireland: 1 May-7 May, 2021

Ulster University campus relocation will be catalyst for city centre growth, claims planner

The arrival of thousands of students to live in Belfast city centre when the new Ulster University campus opens next year will provide a major catalyst for growth, says a senior city council official.

The Planner

Toolkit for neurodiversity launched 

A toolkit that seeks to promote best practice when consulting with neurodivergent people about the built environment has been launched.

The Planner

SME workloads grew in Q1 of 2021

Workloads, enquiries and employment all grew for small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms in between January and March (Q1) of 2021, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

The Planner

Derry councillors approve new school as well as Ebrington development

Derry City & Strabane District Council has approved full planning permission for the development of a new school for Ardnashee School and College on the former Foyle College Junior School lands. Meanwhile, in a separate move, the planning authority has given the go-ahead for a number of applications relating to the Ebrington site in Derry including listed building consent for the alteration and extension of a former military building to provide a bar/restaurant, landscaping, and associated works.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

£2m green fund launched

A £2 million environmental challenge fund, launched by environment minister Edwin Poots, is now open for applications from not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver natural heritage projects that support Covid-19 recovery and green growth across Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Executive

Capital film studio expansion proposed

The company behind Loop Studios on Belfast’s Castlereagh Road has revealed proposals to extend the existing site into a new 2,138-square-metre film studio and create over 2,323 square metres of workshop space.

Belfast Telegraph

BT announces major refit for its Belfast HQ

BT has signalled its intention to maintain a long-term operation in Belfast after announcing a multimillion-pound investment in its flagship city centre offices, the Riverside Tower in Lanyon Place, which will undergo a significant refit later this year.

Belfast Telegraph

Key Creggan scheme makes progress

Work has started on an ambitious housing and community development project in Derry. Radius Housing is constructing 119 new homes in the Creggan area as part of a project that is set to deliver big improvements at Sean Dolan’s Gaelic Athletic Club, as well as a new multi-use community facility.

Irish News

Enforcement action over smelly Belfast landfill

Belfast City Council has started formal enforcement action over the Mullaghglass landfill site in the west of the city following complaints over its smell.

Belfast Telegraph