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Northern Ireland round-up: West Belfast urban village proposed; Elderly care development proposed for Ballygalley

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 May-15 May, 2020

West Belfast urban village proposed

Housing developer the Braidwater Group has submitted one of the largest residential-led planning applications ever considered by Belfast City Council, with proposals for a new sustainable urban village on the western outskirts of the capital.

The Planner

Elderly care development proposed for Ballygalley

Proposals for a large mixed-use elderly care development on the site of the grade B2-listed Cairndhu House in Ballygalley, County Antrim, have been submitted to Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. They involve a new 78-bed nursing home, the conversion of an existing stable block to provide 10 flats, and the construction of five retirement cottages.

Insider Media

Capital flats project

Developer John Smyth’s Estates has unveiled proposals for 10-storey flats complex designed to provide 85 new homes at a site on Dublin Road in Belfast city centre.

Insider Media

£40m school building funding

Building projects for 16 schools across the province are set to proceed after funding worth £40 million was announced by the Department of Education.

Belfast Telegraph

Walking and cycling czar lined up

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has announced a new walking and cycling ‘czar’ who will focus on transforming communities and developing creative solutions during and post-Covid-19. The czar’s tasks will include “identifying and creating ‘Quiet Streets’ where pedestrians, cyclists and play have priority and motor vehicles are guests”. 

Northern Ireland Executive

Chinese Consulate’s metal fence causes row in capital’s conservation area

An “eyesore” metal fence is at the heart of a simmering planning row between the Chinese Consulate and locals in the Malone Road Conservation Area in south Belfast

Irish News