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620-bed Belfast Scheme Granted Approval on Appeal

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Planning permission for a new block of student accommodation in Belfast has been granted approval on appeal.

Permission was granted to build a 620-bed development on Donegall Street, close to the new Ulster University campus. The scheme is due for completion in 2020 and will consist of a ten-storey block of student accommodation along with 54 lower ground floor parking spaces.

The application was refused by Belfast City Council in September due to concerns surrounding the proposed height of the development, possible negative impact on nearby listed buildings, and its location within area previously earmarked for social housing.

After the proposals were initially rejected, applicants Northside Regeneration Ltd and Balfour Beatty Investments submitted an appeal to the Planning Appeals Commission. Findings were presented earlier this week, with commissioner Mark Watson dismissing objections from locals.

He said: "Given the relative separation between Carrick Hill and the appeal site I am not persuaded that the character and community identity of Carrick Hill would be swamped or dominated by students residing in the appeal development."