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1,000 more student rooms set for approval in Belfast

By John Mulgrew

A further 1,000 student rooms are due to be given the green light later this evening.

Belfast City Council has earmarked three developments to get the go ahead at the planning committee.

And a new Cathedral Quarter hotel from the former owners of one of Northern Ireland's best-known gay venues has been recommended for planning approval.

The proposed 63-bedroom, four star venue is to be located at the War Memorial Building in Waring Street in Belfast.

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It was snapped up by Kremlin Associates, led by Andre Graham and Seamus Sweeney, for around £1m last year.

Co Tyrone developer McAleer and Rushe is also to hear the verdict on its plans for 476 student bedrooms at McClintock Street, which are also recommended for approval.

And a controversial student building, which received around 100 complaints from local residents, is also pencilled in for approval.

The accommodation of 156 studio rooms on the Dublin Road is a joint venture between Lacuna Developments in Holywood and Welsh firm Watkin Jones.

And a 13-storey student accommodation development on York Street, which includes 407, is also set to get the green light.

Just last month almost 1,200 student rooms have got the green light after two major developments were given planning permission.

Belfast City Council approved two managed student developments in the city centre.

They are a 682-bedroom project at York Street by UK firm UniCiti, and an 11-storey student building with 475 rooms by Patton Developments located at Great Patrick Street.

Both are located close to the new Ulster University campus in the city centre.

Three other proposals - including one large student development - were refused.

The knocked-back student plan was for a 408-bedroom development close to Library Street.

Planners said it was of a "scale which is unacceptable" - it was to have been 34 metres high.

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