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Tourism boost as 17-bed Belfast boutique hotel given go-ahead

By Staff Reporter

Published 17/08/2016

An artist’s impression of what the hotel at Bank Square will look like
An artist’s impression of what the hotel at Bank Square will look like

Plans to build a boutique hotel in Belfast city centre's Bank Square have been given the green light.

The city council last night granted planning permission for the four-storey building.

It will have 17 bedrooms and a ground floor restaurant and will be located beside the Mourne Seafood Bar and Kelly's Cellars.

The planning application was submitted by Belfast-based Cedarr Properties Ltd. It is understood MM Developments is the team behind the build.

Permission was also granted for a four-storey extension to the Holiday Inn Express on University Street. When completed, it will provide 60 new bedrooms.

"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" said councillor Peter Johnston, the chairman of the planning committee.

Leisure facilities in the city will also enjoy upgrades, 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 additionally granted approval for a mixed-use regeneration scheme.

That development, at The Wolfhill Centre on the Ligoniel Road, will include 10 terraced social housing dwellings, 18 apartments, a creche, youth club, retail units and offices.

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