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Major Belfast development blocked by councillors

Words: Roger Milne

Contentious proposals for a £55 million mixed-use scheme in Belfast, comprising a number of office blocks and retail units, was refused this week by city councillors against the advice of officers.

Kilmona Property’s proposal was for a development involving a 14-storey block, one of 10 and two of three storeys, along with four retail units on land at the capital’s East Bridge Street, west of the Central Station.

The four retails units would be located at the ground floor of block A, the tallest part of the scheme.

The application was originally approved in 2016, however, the decision was subsequently the subject of a successful legal challenge.

The scheme attracted 856 objections. Councillors voiced concern over the height, scale and appearance of the proposals and their impact on the area and the nearby Tunnel regeneration project.  

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