175-bed Belfast aparthotel expected to get green light
A major new 175-bed aparthotel is set to be built in Belfast city centre after council officials recommended that a downsized version of the project be approved.
Oakland Holdings, headed by developer Gareth Graham, originally submitted an application for a 14-storey tower containing 184 self-catering apartments for the site on the junction of Queen Street and College Street.
Originally labelling the proposal "far too tall and fundamentally inappropriate" for the area, planning officers have now backed a smaller nine-storey building.
The recommendation will now go before the City Council's planning committee on Tuesday.
If councillors sign off on the proposal as expected, it will green-light the demolition of the Lyndon Court building, which currently occupies the site.
Oakland, which originally tried to sell the building for £2.5m in 2017, described Lyndon Court as "a disused and empty office space with struggling lower retail units". Plans for the new building include a bar, restaurant and conferencing facilities.
Tuesday's City Council planning committee will also consider reports recommending approval for more than 300 new dwellings across Belfast.
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They include Kilmona Property's 17-storey apartment project in east Belfast. The scheme, which includes 178 apartments, was expected to be approved at last month's planning committee, but was deferred until August to allow councillors to visit the site.
The major project, which is expected to generate 220 construction jobs, includes a gym and three retail units.
Belfast City Council's planning committee will also consider a report recommending approval for a bid to convert the Brookfield Mill in north Belfast into social housing. Kerr Property Holding's proposal for Clanmil Housing would see the former 19th century linen factory turned into 19 townhouses and 55 two-bed apartments.
Ballyclare developer Benamara Properties also looks set to get the green light for a residential proposal for the Shankill Road area. The Glenwood Street scheme would see 38 houses built on the grass site.
Meanwhile, Stranmillis-based PWD Development's bid to demolish the former First Trust bank on the Ormeau Road and replace it with apartments is also recommended for approval.