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Go-ahead for major Belfast city centre schemes

Words: Roger Milne
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Three major Belfast city centre projects were granted planning permission at a meeting this week, including proposals for the £60 million regeneration of the Smithfield Market area – one of the most neglected parts of the heart of the capital.

This Smithfield Yard scheme, proposed by Bywater Properties and Ashmour, involves a mix of offices and accommodation for independent retailers and social enterprises in two new buildings and the refurbished listed ‘Butcher’s Building’.

It is earmarked for land mainly used for car parking between Gresham Street and Winetavern Street.

The city council's planning committee also approved hotel group Andras House’s application for a 13-storey aparthotel on Bedford Street, a scheme that also involves proposals to refurbish a historic Victorian terrace with part change of use to include two cafés on the ground floor and offices above.

The committee gave the go-ahead for a 10-storey mixed-use development providing 85 serviced flats, which will involve the demolition of existing buildings at the site on the Dublin Road.

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