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Northern Ireland round-up: Urban village mooted for west Belfast; Universities seek views on planning

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning in Northern Ireland: 29 June-5 July, 2019

Urban village mooted for west Belfast

The Braidwater Group, one of the leading private and social housebuilders in the province, has confirmed proposals for a new mixed-use urban village on the western outskirts of the capital.

The Planner

Universities seek views on planning

Queen’s University Belfast, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have begun a project to find out the experiences of stakeholder engagement in planning systems in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

The Planner

Green light for capital flats

Belfast City Council has approved proposals for a seven-storey block of 54 flats which will replace Westgate House, a four-storey inner city centre commercial building located on the corner of Castle Street and Queen Street.

Belfast City Council

Newry factory proposal

Modern Tyres, Northern Ireland’s biggest independent tyre firm, has submitted a planning application for a 7,711 square-metre manufacturing facility at Carnbane Business Park in Newry.

Belfast Telegraph

Strabane town centre makeover

Plans for the regeneration of the public realm in Strabane have been given the final green light after Derry City and Strabane District Council’s planning committee granted full planning permission for the scheme. It includes town centre road improvements and the creation of a new public space in Abercorn Square.

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Lidl eyes new capital store

German discount supermarket Lidl has announced plans to build an £8 million store at the former Hughes Christensen site in east Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

Cross-border water clean-up

A major cross-border project that aims to improve water quality in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle by cleaning up waste water discharges has been officially launched in Derry.

NI Water

Planning commission’s resources warning

The Planning Appeals Commission has warned that staffing and resourcing difficulties are likely to impact on the organisation’s ability to handle an anticipated rise in casework for regionally significant and called-in planning applications, as well as examinations of local development plans, the first three of which are expected in the coming 12 months.

Planning Appeals Commission

Belfast Harbour moves

Belfast Harbour has revealed proposals to invest in a 200-unit high-rise, buy-to-let residential scheme next to the M3 at its City Quays site and, separately, expand its existing studio complex at Giants Park.

Belfast Telegraph

Omagh housing proposal

The site of an Omagh school preparing to relocate to the town's new shared education campus could be turned into a 140-home scheme under a proposal by a Glasgow-based developer Urban Pulse.

Belfast Telegraph