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Council approves planning for new west Belfast 'town centre'

Published 17/05/2016

The will be based around the existing Dairy Farm complex in west Befast. Image: Google
The will be based around the existing Dairy Farm complex in west Befast. Image: Google

Belfast City Council has approved planning for a new 'town centre' in the Collin area of west Belfast.

The 21-hectare development, based around the existing Dairy Farm complex, proposes a new multi-purpose community building, a Belfast Rapid Transit hub building, health centre, leisure centre, a post-primary school and residential and retail uses.

No start date has been given for the development, which is being led by the new Department for Communities (formerly the Department for Social Development), and more detail plans will have to be brought to the Planning Service before work can begin. 

It also envisages a town square, recreational sports pitches, sports pavilions, a formal play area and public park, public open space, landscaping, a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Stewartstown Road, footpaths, road infrastructure, environmental improvements and car parking, including a ‘park and ride’ facility.

Student accommodation in Belfast city centre

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Council’s Planning Committee also approved two new purpose-build managed student accommodation developments in the city centre.  One comprises of 325 units on the site of the former Athletic Stores in Queen Street; this development will retain the existing facades of the building. 

The other approved development is for 354 studios on a site in Little Patrick Street.

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Social housing

A number of social housing developments were also given the go ahead.  These included two applications by Clanmil Developments, at Colehill Gardens in Castlereagh and Gainsborough Drive in north Belfast, and two by Apex Housing Association, at Cliftonpark Avenue and Halliday’s Road, both in the north of the city.  An application for a 50 unit apartment complex in Little Patrick Street was also approved.

A number of office developments, refurbishments and extensions were also approved. 

These included the extensive refurbishment of the vacant former Central Services Agency building in Adelaide Street, the extension of Linenhall Exchange in Linenhall Street, and the demolition of Brunswick House in Brunswick Street and its replacement with a new nine-storey office and retail building.  Outline permission was also granted for a new four-story office block at the Weavers Court Business Park in Sandy Row.

These decisions were among 183 which were agreed by the committee this evening.

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