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Green light for capital aquarium and contentious Belfast city centre redevelopment 

Words: Roger Milne
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Revised outline proposals for most of the controversial Tribeca redevelopment in central Belfast finally gained approval this week after a marathon three-hour session of the capital’s planning committee. Plans for an aquarium were also considered.

The £500 million scheme, by Castlebrooke Investments, proposes to regenerate a five-hectare area of the historic city centre between Royal Avenue and the Cathedral Quarter – a project formerly known as Royal Exchange.

The mixed-use scheme involving offices, retail, a hotel and residential development is also set to create new streets and a reconfiguration of Writer’s Square.

Opposition to the scheme has focused on open space and social housing issues as well as its effect on the conservation area and listed buildings, including the cathedral.

The city council has insisted that the redevelopment chimes with its aspirations for the revitalisation of the capital.

At the same meeting proposals for a £12 million aquarium earmarked for a site on Queen's Road opposite the Titanic Hotel and a short distance from Titanic Belfast were given the go-ahead.

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