Belfast port to reclaim land from lough

Published Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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Ambitious plans are being put in place to see around six million tonnes of rock used to reclaim land from Belfast Lough, so that the port can undergo a major expansion.

Belfast port to reclaim land from lough
Blefast Harbour plans to expand. (© Belfast Harbour Commission)

If approved, the project could result in a site a third the size of the Titanic Quarter being reclaimed.

"As part of its 30-year master plan, the Harbour has identified the need to reclaim additional land to support predicted growth in port tonnages," a spokesperson for Belfast Harbour said.

"This application is part of the Harbour's long-term strategic development and involves 60 acres at the seaward end of Victoria Terminal 4."

While it is unclear how the Harbour Commission proposes to use the land, the project could provide a real boost for the quarry industry in Northern Ireland.

The objective is to support growth in the local economy over the next twenty to thirty years by enhancing port capacity.

Belfast Harbour

Quarry industry spokesman Gordon Best told UTV: "The figures are staggering.

"During a potential three-year project, there could be over 300,000 lorry movements carrying 20 tonnes of stone per load.

"That's 100,000 movements every year, equating to more than 440 every day. This would represent almost a third of the current production of the Northern Ireland quarry industry."

Belfast Harbour says it is working with planners to progress the application, with hopes the major scheme could begin soon.

"The project is in the early stages of planning and the Harbour is working with Planning Service and stakeholders to progress the planning application," the spokesperson added.

© UTV News
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