Officials urge block on student flats plan
Planners have recommended a controversial student housing development by Queen's University does not go ahead.
The proposed accommodation at Lennoxvale, off Malone Road, is to go before Belfast City Council's planning committee on Tuesday.
Planners have recommended refusal for the 102-room development involving renovations and a new building over fears it will impact on the character of the area and "fails to respect the landscape features of the site".
The scheme is one of several major student housing projects in the pipeline ahead of Ulster University's move to Belfast city centre. This summer plans were announced for a 710-bedroom student building on Donegall Street.
And Co Tyrone property developer McAleer and Rushe announced two student housing developments, bringing more than 1,200 new rooms to the city.
Permission has been submitted for a 840-room scheme on College Avenue. In March the green light was given for 400 rooms of student accommodation at a former Belfast Metropolitan College building in the city centre.