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Key Belfast regeneration scheme made to wait

Words: Roger Milne
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Belfast councillors went against the advice of officials this week by deferring a decision on a huge urban regeneration scheme in the heart of the capital.

Members said they were not prepared to back the £500 million Tribeca Belfast project without further clarity on the social housing impact of the proposals, and more detail on the legal planning agreement, open space issues, a proposed car club and the economic benefits of the development.

Developer Castlebrooke Investments is proposing 60,000 square metres of office floor space, up to 367 new homes, restaurants, a 54-bed hotel, retail units and cultural/community space on a five-hectare site bounded by Royal Avenue, Donegall Street, Lower Garfield Street and Rosemary Street beside St Anne's Cathedral.

During the same meeting members approved plans to redevelop a grade B listed Georgian townhouse in College Square North to provide eight flats as well as another 15 in a new-build block behind the listed property. This was also contrary to the advice of officers.

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