Belfast Telegraph

Sporting chance for ambitious developers as south Belfast sites go on sale

By Stewart Robson

Two sites in south Belfast are up for grabs as Belfast City Council seeks to develop the Olympia Sports Village next to the National Football Stadium.

The commercial development opportunity beside Windsor Park comes over a year after the Olympia Leisure Centre was redeveloped next to the site. The new leisure centre has a six-lane swimming pool as well as an array of gym equipment.

Already a commercial and retail hotspot, the council has said that the Boucher Road site is in an ideal spot for a hotel or leisure complex.

Businesses seeking to add to their network as well as helping to regenerate the area as a renowned sporting hub have been encouraged to look into the different opportunities available.

The sports village already has a public 3G football pitch as well as a play area and Linfield Football Club's Midgeley Park playing field. Planning permission for the development of the area was granted in March 2015, with May 25 the deadline for initial submissions.

Meanwhile, a Co Down pub made up of a lounge, restaurant and off licence has been put on the market.

Square One in Dromara is a traditional bar in the centre of the village. It has a small bedroom apartment on site.

And a detached commercial building in Lisburn city centre is on the market for £325,000, offering multi-use facilities including office and workshop space. It takes up 9,000 sq ft in total

The two-floor property also has a secure car park on site while being close to amenities including the city's train station and car parks.

The sale of Square One comes after the owners of three other pubs decided to put their premises on the market earlier this month. The Pheasant Lodge in Gilford, The Tanyard Tavern in Fivemiletown and the Kashmir in west Belfast are all seeking new ownership as rising costs and an increase in the national minimum wage hit the businesses.

And last week, well-loved restaurant and bar The Planters in Waringstown, Co Armagh, announced its plans to shut.

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