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Belfast planning service makes progress on plans backlog

Words: Roger Milne
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Belfast City Council’s planning service has made significant progress in clearing the backlog of ‘legacy applications’ it inherited from the Department of the Environment.

The city council took over planning functions in April 2015. 

Around 100 of 750 applications remain outstanding.

Since April 2015 the council has received 1,275 planning applications and issued 1,256 decisions.

This week alone the planning committee considered 121 proposals.

It approved the redevelopment of part of the former Belfast Metropolitan College building, at the junction of Brunswick Street and Franklin Street, into a 476-bedroom student residential building. This site is next to a new hotel for which the committee granted planning permission in November 2015.

This brings the number of new student rooms approved by the council in the past two months to around 1,500.

The committee also granted permission for a new 63-bedroom hotel at the former War Memorial building in Waring Street, a new 75-unit apartment complex on Chichester Street, and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Lagan linking the lower Ormeau Embankment and River Terrace.

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