Belfast Telegraph

Belfast's 307 high-rise student apartments get green light

By John Mulgrew

The latest major student accommodation development for Belfast city centre is expected to get the go-ahead next week. Student City Ltd is behind the 11-storey project at 48-52 York Street.

A vacant building on the site will be knocked down to make way for the digs.

Belfast City Council planners have recommended the scheme gets the green light during a meeting of the planning committee next week.

It encompasses 307 student apartments alongside three retail outlets and a gym, and is designed by architects Robinson McIlwaine.

It was originally planned as a 14-storey development, but has been reduced in scale.

Those behind the project said it "represents a stylish landmark development".

They said it could be worth around £30m, and would create around 250 construction jobs during a two-year build period.

Planners said that "having regard to the policy context and other material considerations above, the proposal is considered acceptable and planning permission should be approved", as the building reflects the scale and size of other surrounding structures.

Around 3,000 student rooms have already been given the green light right across Belfast, with many of those in and around the York Street area, close to the new Ulster University campus.

A total of 7,500 rooms are at various different stages of development.

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