Belfast Telegraph

Major new Belfast development given green light: Hotel, retail and residential plans for harbour

A major new Belfast city centre development has been given the green light.

The new plans in the harbour area could include office accommodation, residential development, a hotel, as well as 'small scale retail services'.

Plans for the large development in the Clarendon Dock area were given the go-ahead by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

The application was made by the Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Mark H Durkan said the new development would "bring a boost to this area of Belfast".

"It will revitalise a site which has been underused for a number of years. The mix of residential and business uses plus a hotel, small scale retail services and restaurants, will make this a vibrant hub which is more accessible for everyone," he said.

"It will also provide a better link from the city centre along the river on the east of the M3 to the maritime heritage currently preserved at the heart of the site.

"This approval will provide much needed high specification office accommodation in an attractive water front location. Having this in place should help attract investment and encourage further job creation particularly when added to the other recent planning approval for the Belfast Harbour Commissioners at this site."

An application was first made for the Clarendon Dock development back in July 2010.

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