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Views sought on development of Belfast's East Bank

By Sue Doherty

Belfast City Council is asking the public for feedback on proposals to redevelop a 43 acre site in East Belfast.

The purpose of the document is to inform planning and investment decisions that will impact the long-term development of the East Bank area, the council said.

The area comprises 43 acres with 865m frontage along the Lagan river. It runs from the SSE Arena car park at its northern end to the Sirocco Works site to the south and is bounded by Short Strand to the east.

Consultants ARUP & Partners have have drawn up a draft strategy document on behalf of the council.

The main aims, outlined in the strategy, are to re-balance transport networks to allow better access to the city centre, Short Strand and the Titanic Quarter, and to fully coordinate development of key sites there in order to "realise a world class waterfront delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the area and the wider city centre" the document states.

A council spokesperson commented: "By 2030, East Bank will be fully woven into the fabric of the city centre. It will be lively, diverse, accessible and well connected to the city core, the River Lagan and surrounding communities; providing places to live, work and socialise.

"We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to comment on our East Bank Development Strategy so that we can ensure it is fit for purpose and meets the many needs of our city and those who live, work and visit here."

To download the plan, go to BCC Consultation.

Submissions must be received by September 29.

For more information, ring the BCC City Centre Development Team on 02890 270303 or email invest@belfastcity.gov.uk.

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