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Rejections of Belfast student accommodation plans to be appealed

By John Mulgrew

Published 25/05/2016

A smaller 21-bedroom conversion to student accommodation close to Central Library, in the name of Raymond Mulholland, was also refused permission during the same meeting
A smaller 21-bedroom conversion to student accommodation close to Central Library, in the name of Raymond Mulholland, was also refused permission during the same meeting

Developers behind two student accommodation buildings that were turned down by Belfast City Council are appealing the decision.

It is the first time developers have been refused permission for student developments in Belfast, and subsequently the first time a decision has been appealed.

Now, two applications have been brought before the Planning Appeals Commission.

They include a major 408-bedroom development by Slaney Ltd close to Library Street, which was knocked back by planners in January.

Planners said it was of a “scale which is unacceptable”. It was to have been 34 metres high. Addressing the planning committee, a representative acting for the firm behind the failed scheme said her client was “extremely shocked” that the student accommodation had been refused. She said her client was “proactive” and had only recently learned about concerns raised.

And a smaller 21-bedroom conversion to student accommodation close to Central Library, in the name of Raymond Mulholland, was also refused permission during the same meeting. 

However, two new schemes were given the green light last week.

Two buildings in the city centre were approved by Belfast City Council planners, including the 317-bedroom Swanston Hall, the former Athletic Stores, on the corner of Queen Street. 

In total, almost 3,000 new student bedrooms have now been approved for the city centre.

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