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Green light for Belfast student complex in York Street

By Staff Reporter

The last of the major student accommodation complexes currently planned for Belfast has been given the green light.

Belfast City Council's Planning Committee last night granted planning permission for the 307-bedroom development on York Street, adjacent to the new Ulster University campus.

The 11-storey building brings to around 5,500 the number of student beds approved by the council since it took over planning powers in April 2015.

A new landmark in the Titanic Quarter has also taken a step closer to fruition, with the granting of planning permission for its installation.

The Mew Island Optic, which is to be installed on the new Titanic Walkway, is one of the last surviving lighthouse optics of its kind in the world, and one of the largest ever constructed.

Dating back to 1887, it was originally installed on Tory Island in Donegal but moved to Mew Island, the outermost of the Copeland Islands at the mouth of Belfast Lough, in 1924.

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