Belfast Development to Be Refused

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Plans to build a 271-bed student accommodation block in the centre of Belfast's Golden Mile are to go before the council's planning committee next week as developers put forward their case for the scheme.

The proposals call for the development of vacant as well as occupied buildings into student accommodation, which includes Bishops chip shop besides Lavery's bar at Bradbury Place.

However, planners have suggested the development could "adversely impact on the character and appearance" of buildings, including listed properties in the area and have recommended permission is refused. The planned development is also just metres away from a similar project on Dublin Road that received dozens of complaints from locals.

Listed buildings situated nearby include Bradbury Buildings, Crescent Arts Centre, the Moravian Church, the Crescent Church and former Methodist Church.

Planners also argued that the development will cause "demonstrable" harm to the interests of acknowledged importance, and so have recommended the scheme is refused.

The company behind the plans want to demolish existing building and construct an 11-storey block with enough room for 271 bedspaces, shared communal areas and landscaped roof terraces. The scheme is being designed by the Belfast-based Rapport Architects.