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Student rooms in Belfast set to be given green light

By John Mulgrew

More than 1,300 student rooms are expected to get the green light by Belfast City Council's planning committee next week.

That includes two developments which were deferred pending a visit to the sites.

A decision on the 156-bedroom project on Dublin Road was deferred last month, along with a 407-bedroom site at York Street.

The Dublin Road development, a joint project between Lacuna Developments and Watkin Jones, received dozens of objections from nearby residents.

Now, one of the largest developments, a massive 740-bedroom student building by McAleer and Rushe at College Avenue is also earmarked to get the go-ahead.

But another 380-bedroom student development at Little Patrick Street, and run by English firm UniCiti, is recommended for refusal.

Planners said it "should be refused as insufficient amenity space and outlook has been provided within the scheme to ensure a quality residential environment for future residents, and insufficient information has been submitted".

More than 1,600 new student rooms have now been granted permission.

Meanwhile, Belfast Harbour's new City Quays hotel project is also due to get approval, subject to conditions, on Tuesday.

Planners said the 188-bedroom hotel, which will sit alongside the City Quays 1 and 2 buildings, will "positively contribute to the ongoing regeneration" of the area.

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