Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard today confirmed that he has instructed officials to 'call in' the forthcoming planning application by Translink for the Belfast Transport Hub.
This means that the application, when submitted, will be processed by the Department for Infrastructure and the final decision will rest with an Infrastructure Minister. It is understood that the application will be submitted within a few months. The Transport Hub represents an investment of at least £175 million based on latest estimates.
Minister Hazzard said:
“This is a hugely important project which will create the key public transport gateway into Belfast, meeting the needs of the growing numbers using public transport and delivering a key part of the Programme for Government. It will transform transport links within the North and between North and South whilst creating a major development opportunity in an area of significant deprivation.
“I can give an assurance that a final decision on this planning application will not be made until all socio-economic and environmental impacts, both positive and negative, associated with the project have been fully assessed. I welcome the fact that Translink has been involved in extensive pre-application community consultation about the project and I look forward to considering the views and opinions of all stakeholders during the planning process.”
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