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Green light for major housing scheme in Belfast city centre

Words: Roger Milne
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Belfast City Council has given consent for a major city centre scheme involving proposals to redevelop the former El Divino Nightclub site, next to the River Lagan, with 154 flats and a ground-floor retail unit.

The scheme involves a building of varying heights, including elements up to 18 storeys high on a narrow 0.247-hectare triangular site. The proposals include car and cycle parking.

An earlier version of the scheme proposed by Benmore Property was recommended for refusal but withdrawn before it was determined.

Approval is conditional on a section 76 planning agreement, which includes green transport measures involving travelcards and a car club.

The scheme was considered under the council’s new delegated procedures. This required the support of the infrastructure minister and considerable legal scrutiny over a four-week period. Turley was the planning agent.

In a related but separate move, the council has also approved the construction of 16 social housing units on land south-west of 22 Old Park Terrace, as well as a five-storey office development for science and IT-based business, associated car parking and public realm works on land next to Concourse Buildings, Queen’s Road.

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