Belfast Telegraph

Fresh plans tabled for student block on Belfast's Golden Mile

By John Mulgrew

A Scottish firm that was refused permission to build a large student housing scheme in Belfast's Golden Mile is trying again with a smaller development.

Proposals were submitted last year to turn vacant and occupied buildings, including the former Bishop's chip shop beside Laverys bar at Bradbury Place, into 11-storey accommodation comprising 271 bedrooms.

But planners said the development could "adversely impact on the character and appearance" of the area.

And the scheme was turned down by Belfast City Council earlier this year.

Now Rojem Properties, working with Durnien Surveyors in Newtownabbey, has tabled the new plans, which include the demolition of buildings to be replaced with a 185-room block.

The planning application shows a significantly smaller building this time round of seven storeys to the rear, and five storeys at its lowest point.

It will have shared communal areas including a laundry and recreation space.

The ground floor area of the building includes a "reception, retail, car parking, cycle storage and bin storage".

A previous scheme was turned down in part due to the impact it could have on nearby listed structures. These include the Bradbury Buildings, Crescent Arts Centre, the Moravian Church, the Crescent Church and the former Methodist Church.

Planners said it "would, if permitted, cause unacceptable damage to the character of the area due to the uncharacteristic and inappropriate height, scale, massing and design".

Belfast Telegraph