Belfast Telegraph

Sports, apartment and hotel complex being planned for Belfast


By John Mulgrew

East Belfast could be in line for a substantial sports, hotel and residential development close to where football legend George Best grew up.

Ambitious plans propose the complex at the Laburnum playing fields, which have lain unused for years.

Stephen Blaney of project designer Coogan & Co Architects told the Belfast Telegraph: "The redevelopment of the former Laburnum playing fields is an ambitious proposal which will see 100 apartments and an 85-100 bedroom hotel built, in addition to various leisure and recreation uses being provided.

"The sporting facilities will include a 3G football pitch, children's play area, tennis courts and a mini golf course.

"It is our intention that all these facilities will become linked to the Connswater Community Greenway, which will enable Laburnum Leisure Village to form a destination hub on the Greenway."

The site, just off Prince Regent Road, was put up for sale with no listed price some time ago by commercial property firm CBRE.

The area includes a roughly rectangular-shaped parcel of greenfield land and the site of the old, demolished clubhouse.

In 2003 planning permission was granted for the building of a warehouse on part of the land.

Three years later the BBC reported on plans for a large new football complex at the site comprising of 14 pitches, shops, restaurants and parking spaces for 450 cars.

The developers of the new proposal are hosting a public information event at Orangefield Presbyterian Church next Tuesday (2-6pm).

Elsewhere in east Belfast, KFC tycoon Michael Herbert is selling off the site of his planned luxury apartment development at Knocknagoney Road for close to £4m. It sits around four miles from the city centre and is located across from the Tesco Extra near Tillysburn.

His firm Kirk Bryson received permission for the 104-bedroom Parklands scheme there last year.

He's now selling the 3.27-acre plot and existing derelict buildings through Osborne King for £3.95m. The agent said it expected demand from the UK and Republic, and that the buyer could be a new entrant to the local market. The Parklands scheme has the potential to grow, with the client having prepared drawings for a 132-apartment building.

Kirk Bryson is also planning a 53-home development at a vacant site in the Upper Newtownards Road area of east Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

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