Belfast Telegraph

Plans for 53 flats on site of Belfast's old Monarch Laundry

A red brick chimney marks the site of the old laundry
A red brick chimney marks the site of the old laundry
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

The site of the former Monarch Laundry in south Belfast could soon be turned into an apartment development under plans revealed by its new owners.

Opened in 1906, a red brick chimney is the only reminder of the demolished wash house at the junction of Donegall Road and Monarch Street.

Residents will be asked for their views next week on the proposal to build 53 apartments on what is now largely waste ground overlooking the busy Westlink.

MKB57 Ltd was behind a previous plan for 60 apartments at the location, which was later withdrawn.

The company is a joint venture by Holywood developer William McCreery and Belfast businessman James McElroy.

The site had been previously earmarked for a supermarket after Lidl was granted planning permision in 2001.

However, that venture never materialised.

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In 2012 the site went on the market with a price tag of around £750,000.

The updated proposals provide for an apartment scheme ranging between two-and-a-half to five storeys, with 53 parking spaces.

Under the plans, the landmark chimney, which is a scheduled monument, would be retained at the complex

It's understood the site has previously been zoned for residential development.

The plans are currently out for a three-month consultation period.

A public exhibition for locals to peruse the proposals will take place in Donegall Road Methodist Church on January 23 from 2-7pm.

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