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Planning application for new hotel development in Belfast approved

Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee has approved a planning application from McAleer & Rushe for the redevelopment of the former Belfast Metropolitan College site in the city centre to include a new 206-bedroom hotel

Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee has approved a planning application from McAleer & Rushe for the redevelopment of the former Belfast Metropolitan College site in the city centre to include a new 206-bedroom hotel

Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the former Belfast Metropolitan College site in the city centre to include a new 206-bedroom hotel.

Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee this week approved the application from McAleer & Rushe to redevelop the corner site at Brunswick and Franklin Streets for a 14-storey mixed use development with a hotel, restaurants, bars and conference facilities. The hotel will have an entrance facing on to Blackstaff Square.

The proposal was recommended for approval subject to conditions under the Planning Act between the developer and council. The news follows last month’s Planning Committee decision to approve Hastings Hotel application for the refurbishment and extension of Windsor House in Bedford Street.

The Planning Committee was also updated this month on work carried out by the Belfast Planning Service over the first six months since transfer of statutory planning functions to Councils from the Department of the Environment.

Committee Chair Matt Garrett said: “Among the planning applications considered by the Committee in the first six months, there have been a number of major applications which have included the Boutique Hotel in the Titanic Quarter; Belfast Grand Central Hotel in Bedford Street; Titanic Exhibition Centre and the planning application for Allstate six-storey office development.

“These applications alone represent a significant investment in the city with £30 million proposed for the Belfast Grand Central hotel alone. The approved plans will create significant employment opportunities and contribute to the continued regeneration of the parts of the city in which they are located,” he added.

For more information on Belfast Planning Service, visit the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/planning.

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