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04/01/2019

Belfast hotels planning spat

Words: Roger Milne
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Signature Living chairman Lawrence Kenwright has threatened to pull the plug on his proposals for a multimillion-pound hotel development in the former Crumlin Road Courthouse if planning issues with Belfast City Council are not resolved.

His company is already in dispute with council officials over the development of the delayed George Best Hotel in the former Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast city centre. Issues over possible unauthorised work are posing a problem there.

Media reports quote a letter from Kenwright that accused the council of being “anti-development” and claiming its stance was “stifling growth, discouraging inward investment and damaging Belfast and the wider Northern Ireland economy”.

The council declined a request from The Planner to comment.

Back in 2016 the developer pledged to develop five new hotels in Belfast, including one in the derelict Crumlin Road courthouse.

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