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New 'boutique travel' hotel proposed for Belfast Bank Square

By John Mulgrew

A new hotel in the heart of Belfast city centre could get the go ahead next week.

Plans are under way to build the four-storey hotel at Bank Square featuring 17 bedrooms.

It's been described as a 'boutique travel hotel', and will also include a ground floor restaurant.

The application has been made by Cedarr Properties Ltd.

It's understood MM Developments is the team behind the build. When it was first announced in August last year, it received a vocal backing by the former Department for Social Development.

The then minister Mervyn Storey said the new plans "will be the final piece in the jigsaw of regenerating Bank Square in Belfast city centre".

Planners have recommended the development gets the green light during next week's meeting.

They said that: "Given the site context which consists entirely of non-residential uses, the proposed hotel and restaurant uses are considered acceptable in principle subject to satisfactory design and character issues.

"Having regard to the policy context and other material considerations above, the proposal is considered acceptable and compliant with relevant policies. Approval is recommended."

It comes as work has finally begun on the £30m Grand Central hotel.

The four-star, 200-bedroom building will transform 23-storey Windsor House, which owners Hastings Hotels bought for £6.5m.

There are now around two dozens hotels in the works across Belfast.

And there are also plans for a 206-bedroom development at the former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street, and a Hampton by Hilton hotel.

City councillors approved plans for the proposed 179-room Hampton on Hope Street, which is owned by Andras House.

Work also finally began on a hotel at the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices in the Titanic Quarter, earlier this year.

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