Belfast Telegraph

Plans for 280-bed student block on Belfast's Golden Mile

By John Mulgrew

Plans are under way for yet another student accommodation development - this time in the heart of one of Belfast's busiest nightspots.

The new 280-bedroom building would see vacant and occupied buildings developed, including Bishops chip shop, beside Lavery's bar on the so-called Golden Mile at Bradbury Place.

It is just metres away from a proposed student development on the Dublin Road that received dozens of complaints from locals.

Scottish developers Rojem Properties are behind the new scheme, with Durnien Surveyors in Newtownabbey also working on the project.

It is understood they hope to submit a full planning application before the end of April.

Businesses in the area have already been informed about an initial pre-application event next month. That is being held at Benedict's Hotel across the road, on March 16.

The meeting will give bars, restaurants, retailers and any residents a chance to voice their concerns.

Architects are still working on various ideas for the development, which could be six or even seven storeys high.

It is thought that developers will be aiming to attract students from both Ulster University and Queen's University, but primarily the latter because of its close proximity.

Just last week, another 500 student bedrooms were given the green light for Belfast, while two other developments were deferred.

It means more than 1,600 new student rooms have now been granted permission.

Approval was given for a development that will involve the demolition of the former Belfast Metropolitan College building facing Blackstaff Square.

Around 7,500 rooms are at different stages of development, with several projects under way.

Just last month 1,200 student rooms got the green light after two major developments were passed by the council.

They are a 682-bedroom project at York Street by UK firm UniCiti, and a 475-room building by Patton Developments at Great Patrick Street.

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