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Belfast planning service helps keep city development on track

19 May 2020

Belfast’s Planning Service is continuing to help keep the city’s development and economy on track thanks to adapting how the service works during the current lockdown.

The Council has resolved to grant planning permission for 154 residential units and a ground floor retail unit on the site of the former El Divino Nightclub, car park and adjacent open space at Mays Meadow.

Permission has also been given for the construction of 16 social housing units on lands south-west of 22 Old Park Terrace; as well as a five storey office development for science and IT based business, associated car parking and public realm works on land adjacent to Concourse Buildings, Queen’s Road.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Arder Carson said: “I’m very pleased with the way in which our planning service has adapted to the challenges of continuing to function under lockdown.

"Our team’s rigorous and professional approach means that we can continue to contribute to the ambitious goals set out in the Belfast Agenda – helping to build a more inclusive, successful, prosperous city, where our people’s quality of life is of the greatest importance.”

An environmental improvement scheme at Winecellar Entry comprising painted artwork on a building facade and a feature lighting installation – part of Belfast City Council’s Belfast Entries project - will also proceed, as well as upgrading work to the Fullerton Park entrance from Glenburn Road, Dunmurry; including road widening, new visibility splays, new entrance walls and gates, tree planting, new pedestrian path and minor regrading of grass slopes.

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