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Royal Exchange objectors vow to fight on as first phase of Belfast redevelopment is approved

Words: Roger Milne
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Campaigners objecting to a major redevelopment scheme in Belfast have pledged to battle on after the city council approved the first phase of the major regeneration project for the area known as the Royal Exchange, subject to conditions and a planning agreement.

Developer Castlebrooke’s ambitious proposals for the mixed-use scheme involve a 27-storey tower, a temporary box-park, more than 200 flats and significant retail and commercial floor space. It also includes two hotels, the reintegration and refurbishment of seven listed buildings and three new public realm spaces.

The project has a price tag of £400 million.

Objectors say the proposals are out of character and will dwarf the nearby Cathedral Quarter.

A decision on the first phase had been scheduled for last month but was deferred pending a site visit.

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