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Bank Square boutique hotel in Belfast gets green light

Published 16/08/2016

Artist's impression of the new Bank Square hotel in Belfast
Artist's impression of the new Bank Square hotel in Belfast

A boutique hotel at Bank Square in heart of Belfast city centre has been given the go ahead.

Plans are under way to build the four-storey hotel featuring 17 bedrooms beside the Mourne Seafood Bar and Kelly’s Cellars.

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

Councillor Peter Johnston, Chair of Belfast City Council's Planning Committee said: "We are pleased to see Belfast’s tourism infrastructure being further boosted by these two developments as our city’s popularity as a visitor destination continues to grow."

The application was 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".

Permission was also granted for a four storey extension to the Holiday Inn Express on University Street to provide 60 new bedrooms.

The news 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 dozen 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.

Leisure facilities

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.

During Tuesday night's council meeting leisure facility upgrades in the city were also approved, with planning permission being granted for a replacement main stand and hospitality suites at Cliftonville Football Club and a new clubhouse and tiered seating area, indoor training facility with changing and fitness facilities, floodlit synthetic hockey pitch and two five a side football pitches at Newforge Country Club.

The erection of a changing pavilion at Sally Gardens was also approved.

The committee also granted approval for a mixed use regeneration scheme including 10 terraced social housing dwellings, 18 apartments, a crèche, youth club, retail units and offices at The Wolfhill Centre, 148 Ligoniel Road.

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