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Major Belfast regeneration scheme makes the grade

Words: Roger Milne
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The final phase of Belfast’s Tribeca redevelopment was given the green light this week, following a long and often heated meeting of the city council’s planning committee.

Outline approval was granted for a revised set of proposals from applicant Castlebrooke Investments, which is behind a £500 million regeneration scheme covering over five hectares of land and property in an area of the city beside St Anne’s Cathedral known as the Cathedral Quarter.

Part of the overall mixed-use scheme had already been approved, now the rest has been given the go-ahead. The revisions mean that more of the area’s historic buildings will be retained.

The proposals include 10,000 square metres for retail use, 45,000 square metres of commercial floor space, up to 367 new homes and a 54-bedroom hotel.

The scheme will also see the pedestrianisation of North Street, the creation of a new North Street Arcade, a 10-storey office block, the reduction of Writer’s Square by more than 50 per cent, and the introduction of new streets and green spaces.

Neil Young, chief executive of Castlebrooke Investments, said the go-ahead was “the start of a major regeneration for a vital part of Belfast city centre”.

He added: “We are delighted that approval has been granted. It sends a clear message to other investors that the city is open for business.”

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