Belfast Telegraph

Belfast city centre plans for 'shipping container' retail and restaurant hub

By John Mulgrew

Belfast could get a new retail and restaurant hub made out of shipping containers amid new plans.

The scheme, which would be temporary for up to five years, would be two-storeys high, and based at North Street.

It's part of wider plans by Castlebrooke, which is behind the £400m Royal Exchange development in the city centre.

The new plans would include demolishing some buildings in the area.

The application includes the “demolition of building and development of flexible retail, restaurant and cafe uses for a period of up to five years within re-purposed shipping containers up to two storeys in height, together with ancillary access and circulation”.

The £400m Royal Exchange revamp of the city centre could include a 27-storey high-rise building as part of the ambitious scheme.

It has submitted outline plans for the scheme, which include the redevelopment of a 12-acre site based around Royal Avenue, North Street and Donegall Street, including around St Anne's Cathedral.

Late last year, the Bishop of Connor, the Rev Alan F Abernethy, wrote to Belfast City Council planners saying it objects to the plans, and is "concerned at the lack of attention that has been paid to preserving or enhancing the character of the area included in the application".

He wants the council to turn down the huge scheme.

The project is said to be the "largest ever single redevelopment in Belfast city centre".

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