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Consultation under way for revised Lisburn masterplan

Words: Roger Milne
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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has begun consulting on a revised masterplan for the city centre.

The blueprint has identified a development framework for regeneration in key locations such as the Laganbank Quarter, Smithfield Square and Jordan’s Mill.

The aim of the masterplan is to improve the evening economy, encourage commercial office development and city centre residential schemes, as well as to reinforce the centre’s retail role.

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, vice-chair of the council’s development committee, said: “The private sector has emphasised the importance of bringing opportunities to the market site by site.

“Taking this approach, the revised masterplan allows flexibility for sites to be delivered individually. There are several key areas that, when regenerated, will have a real impact on Lisburn City Centre. It is proposed to improve, where possible, the streets and public realm that connect these opportunity sites, so that the areas of change read as a coherent whole.”

The council has recently signalled that it is seeking interest from developers for the redevelopment of a former car park in the city centre’s Historic Quarter with an 80-bedroom hotel.

This move follows the news that the Beannchor Group, owner of Belfast's Merchant Hotel, has obtained planning permission for a 52-bedroom hotel in Lisburn Square.

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