Belfast Telegraph

Stay of execution for Athletic Stores

By Catherine Lynagh

Campaigners hoping to save a landmark 19th century Belfast building have to wait until August for the final planning decision.

At last night’s Belfast City Council Planning Committee meeting councillors were told that Planning Service needed more time to consider objections to the demolition of the Athletic Stores in Queen Street.

Heritage campaigners previously reacted with dismay to Planning Services’ recommendation to demolish the iconic city centre building.

Carlisle Property Developments Ltd originally applied to transform the site into a nine-storey complex with 69 apartments, street level shops and basement parking facilities. The Town Planning Committee was last night told that the decision had to be delayed for further consideration.

The committee does not meet again until August, and councillors urged the planners to have the final decision at the next meeting. It is believed the majority of the councillors on the committee are in favour of the planning application.

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