Nuala McKeever (Life, September 10) highlights the folly of the current plans for the area known as Royal Exchange in Belfast's city centre.
In order to accommodate a flagship retail development, these plans demand the destruction of historic buildings within a conservation area.
The proposals will mean that yet another opportunity will have been lost to retain and restore an historic part of old Belfast.
We have been here before, of course: the destruction of important Victorian buildings along Royal Avenue to accommodate the carbuncle that is CastleCourt.
Here we are again, cashing in a perceived short-term gain by attracting a major retail development when the experience could be a more enriching one.