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Decision postponed on major Belfast development

Words: Roger Milne
Belfast's Royal Exchange development includes a a temporary box-park / iStock-458249525

Belfast City Council's planning committee has deferred its decision on a highly controversial city centre redevelopment pending a site visit.

The first phase of the Royal Exchange scheme was originally expected to be determined this week.

The mixed-use project has a price tag of around £400 million. Developer Castlebrooke’s ambitious proposals include a 27-storey tower, a temporary box-park, more than 200 flats and significant retail and commercial floorspace.

But residents, conservation groups and campaigners queued up at a pre-determination session to warn the committee that the scheme would damage the character of the historic Cathedral Quarter.

The proposals include the demolition of existing buildings and the restoration of several listed properties.

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