25/07/2017

Planning Approved For Lagan Gateway Project

Planning permission has been approved for the development of the Lagan Gateway project in Belfast.

Work is to start on Lock No 1 at Stranmillis weir and it is the first step to recreating a working waterway since it first opened in 1763.

The site, located along the River Lagan towpath, will be linked with other already established recreational areas.

Plans include a gateway lock, cascade weir and pedestrian bridge which will result in better utilisation and connection of the space, as the newest visitor attraction in Northern Ireland.
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In addition, landscaping is proposed throughout the scheme including an area which will include picnic tables and cycle stands.

Chair of the Lagan Navigation Trust, Erskine Holmes, said: "The commencement of work at Lock number 1 reinforces the potential to open the entire Navigation from Belfast Harbour to Lough Neagh, creating opportunities for economic development and tourism. The Lagan Gateway project will attract significant visitors who will want to experience the activities associated with the navigation, namely boating, walking, cycling, jogging, canoeing, water sports and angling."

(CD/LM)

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