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Public views sought on future development of the Linen Quarter area

11 Jan 2016
Views are being sought to help shape the future development of the Linen Quarter area in Belfast.

Belfast City Council is holding a public consultation exercise which will run from this month until Friday 11 March.

The Linen Quarter lies to the south of City Hall and includes a number of the city’s key business and public sector headquarters as well as existing and planned hotel developments – taking in Bedford Street, Linenhall Street, Adelaide Street, Alfred Street and Ormeau Avenue among other streets.

Home to the Ulster Hall and BBC Broadcasting House, it is one of the city’s main arrival points lying adjacent to the proposed £100 million Belfast Transport Hub expansion at Great Victoria Street which will become the main regional hub for bus and train services in the years ahead.

In the summer, the council appointed Planit Intelligent Environments, an urban design and landscape architect practice, to prepare a draft public realm analysis and vision for the area. This document, which is now out for public consultation, will contain a number of proposals – among them introducing new public spaces, redefining streets and suggesting design guidance around new development in the Linen Quarter area.

The general public and key stakeholders including businesses in the area are now invited to view the draft document and share their ideas on how the Linen Quarter area will look in the future.

An exhibition illustrating the key elements of the vision for the area will be available to view in the Ulster Hall during February from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm (with the exception of Saturday 20 February). Council staff will also be available to discuss the proposals and answer queries on Tuesday 2 February (10am – 12.30pm) and on Thursday 18 February (2pm – 4.30pm).

A public meeting will also take place in City Hall on Thursday 18 February at 5.45pm. People can provide feedback as well by completing an online questionnaire found atwww.belfastcity.gov.uk/linenquarter

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “The regeneration of the Linen Quarter area is a key project within the council’s City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy which outlines our vision of developing a world-class city centre – one that drives growth across the city and the wider region.

“The Linen Quarter contains a significant number of historical buildings that reflect the area’s role as the centre of the linen industry in the mid 19th century and one of our main objectives is to protect the heritage of the area while also ensuring it continues to flourish with new regeneration and development.

“The document which is out for public consultation sets out a blueprint to improve the quality of public realm, streetscape and architecture in the area so that it matches the standards of other leading European cities.

“We would call on the public and key stakeholders in the area to view the draft plan and provide their feedback on the future of the Linen Quarter.”

The draft plan and more information on the public consultation exercise are available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/linenquarter
The Linen Quarter area lies to the south of Belfast City Hall The Linen Quarter area