View guides

Belfast Student Accommodation Approved

Posted by Richard Ward in

Image courtesy of Flickr, Creative Commons

A major student accommodation development in Belfast was given the go ahead this week.

The 307-bed development on York Street, adjacent to the new Ulster University campus, was approved by Belfast City Council on Tuesday.

The 11-storey block brings the total number of student beds approved by the Council since it took over planning powers in April 2015 to around 5,500.

Under the plans the vacant building on the site will be demolished to make way for the new student housing. Designed by architects Robinson McIlwaine, the proposals also encompass three retail outlets and a gym.

The plans had originally been for a 14-storey development, but were subsequently reduced in scale.

Developers suggested the project represents a "stylish landmark" and it could be worth around £30m. They also expect to create around 250 construction jobs during the two-year build period.

Planners said of the scheme: "Having regard to the policy context and other material considerations above, the proposal is considered acceptable and planning permission should be approved, as the building reflects the scale and size of other surrounding structures."

Many of the student developments already given the green light are located in and around the York Street area, close to the new Ulster University Campus.