Belfast Site to Be Refused

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Plans to build a 271-bed student accommodation development in the centre of Belfast's Golden Mile is expected to be refused planning permission.

The council's planning committee visited the area last week after the application was deferred in October.

In particular, the planners were concerned the building could "adversely impact on the character and appearance" of buildings, including listed properties and therefore have recommended the scheme is refused permission.

The nearby listed buildings include Bradbury Buildings, Crescent Arts Centre, the Moravian Church, the Crescent Church and a former Methodist Church.

Elsewhere a significant 774-bed student housing development by Olympian Homes is expected to be given the go-ahead. Located at Nelson Street in the city centre, it will be in close proximity to the new Ulster University campus, and will represent the largest student accommodation development of its kind in the city.

Around 3,000 student beds have been given the green light across Belfast, with the majority located in and around the York Street area, close to Ulster University.

In total there are 7,500 rooms at various different stages of development.