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£60m office and mixed-use scheme given green light for Belfast city centre

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The new proposed scheme at Norwich Union House

The new proposed scheme at Norwich Union House

The new proposed scheme at Norwich Union House

A £60m office and mixed-use development has been given the go ahead for Belfast city centre.

The ambitious scheme would see the development of Norwich Union House, which occupies part of Castle Street and Fountain Street.

The plans have been brought forward by ES NUH Ltd, a development company associated with Co Tyrone construction giant McAleer and Rushe.

It would see Norwich Union House knocked down, and a 231,000 sq ft scheme built, which would include office space, retail, restaurants, cafes and bars.

The building was awarded permission by Belfast City Council. A previous scheme had also included a hotel.

“The application originally proposed a hotel as part of the redevelopment proposals, however, this element has been removed from the scheme and replaced by additional office accommodation,” planning documents said. “Re-consultation has been carried out on the amended description.”

When recommending the scheme for approval, planners said that “having regard to the development plan and relevant material considerations, it is considered that the proposal is acceptable”.

“It is recommended that planning permission and conservation area consent are granted with delegated authority given to the director of planning and building control to finalise conditions.”