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Published - January 2024

Employment Land Monitor Report

Summary tables

Table 1: Completions for monitor period 1 April 2022 - 31 March 2023

 

Office (B1A)

Call centres (B1B)

R & D (B1C)

Light industry (B2)

General Industry (B3)

Storage & Distribution (B4)

Total

 

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Completed (gains) 01/04/2022- 31/03/2023

3.9

35,601

0.0

0.0

1.6

11,714

3.7

9,115

0.0

0.0

2.8

3,992

12

60,422

 

Completed (losses) 01/04/2022- 31/03/2023

0.2

2,640

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

1,186

0.2

3,826

Net Change

3.7

32,961

0.0

0.0

1.6

11,714

3.7

9,115

0.0

0.0

2.7

2,806

11.8

56,596

 
Table 2: Completions for 2021 - 2022 and 2022 - 2023 monitor periods
 

 

Office (B1A)

Call centres (B1B)

R & D (B1C)

Light industry (B2)

General Industry (B3)

Storage & Distribution (B4)

Total

 

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Completed (gains) 01/04/2021- 31/03/2023

11.3

62,656

0.0

0.0

1.6

11,714

3.7

9,115

0.0

0.0

3.2

4,284

20

87,769

Annual Average

6

31,328

0.0

0.0

0.8

5,857

1.9

4,557.5

0.0

0.0

1.6

2,142

10

43,884.5

 

Completed (losses) 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2023

0.5

7,538

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

2,267

0.6

9,805

Annual Average

0.3

3,769

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

1,133.5

0.3

4,902.5

 

Net Change

11

55,118

0.0

0.0

1.6

11,714

3.7

9,115

0.0

0.0

3

2,017

19.3

77,964

 
Figure 1: Completions by Use Classes across monitor periods 2021 - 2022 and 2022 - 2023 (m2)
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  Office B1(a) R & D B1(c) Light Industry B2  Storage and Distribution B4 
2021 - 2022 27,055 0 0 292
2022 - 2023 35,601 11,714 9,115 3992

Figure 2: Completions (gains) by location across monitor periods 2021 - 2022 and 2022 - 2023 (per cent)

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  2022/23 gain  2021/22 gain 
City Cente 71.0 89.7
Kennedy Way  7.4  
Springbank Industrial Estate  0.5  
Belfast Harbour 21.1  
Rest of City   10.3

 

Table 3: Development under construction, extant permission (gain and losses)

 

Office (B1A)

Call centres (B1B)

R & D (B1C)

Light industry (B2)

General Industry (B3)

Storage & Distribution (B4)

Vacant employment land

Total

 

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Area (Ha)

m2

Development on-going at 31/03/23

5.7

23,289

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

1

4,200

0.0

0.0

0.2

1,153

*

*

6.9

28,642

 

Not started gains - Full & Outline
at

31/03/23

75.9

384,272

11.8

1,150

12.7

8,948

51.5

29,841

42.8

32,605

14.1

22,749

*

*

208.8

479,565

Sub-total

81.6

407,561

11.8

1,150

12.7

8,948

52.5

31,445

42.8

32,605

14.3

23,902

*

*

215.7

508,207

 

Losses not started at 31/03/23

4.8

25,728

0.1

1,868

0.1

381

2.8

10,638

2.4

6,800

10.6

26,964

0.7

2,844

21.5

75,223

 

Net Total 

76.8

381,833

11.7

-718

12.6

8,567

48.7

19,203

40.4

25,805

3.5

-4,215

-0.7

-2,844

203.2

419,018

*For vacant employment land not covered by an existing planning consent please refer to table 4.

 

Table 4: Completions (gains) and remaining potential gains by location

    Completions (m2) Remaining Capacity (m2)
Ref No Location 01/04/2022 to 31/03/2023 01/04/2021 to 31/03/2022 Remaining potential from extant permissions and under construction Remaining potential from vacant developable land
CC City Centre 32,741 26,987 319,772 0

 ML 08

KILWEE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DUNMURRY

0

0

0

811

BT 005/05

HILLVIEW ROAD

0

0

3,543

1,416

BT 005/19

BALLYGOMARTIN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BALLYGOMARTIN ROAD

0

0

0

1,488

BT 005/10

GLENBANK BUSINESS PARK, CRUMLIN ROAD

0

0

0

11,988

BT 005/25

NORTH HOWARD LINK

0

0

0

0

BT 005/15

KENNEDY WAY

3,438

68

1,258

0

BT 005/04

CASTLEREAGH ROAD

0

0

0

2,423

MCH 09

PRINCE REGENT ROAD

0

0

4,412

0

ML 07

SPRINGBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

221

0

1,606

35,199

BT 005/13

RAVENHILL BUSINESS PARK

0

0

0

0

BT 005/09

SHORE ROAD/SKEGIONEILL STREET

0

0

0

629

BT 004

LAND AT SPRINGFIELD ROAD (FORMER MACKIE'S SITE)

0

0

0

50,782

BT 005/11

DONEGALL ROAD

0

0

0

0

BT 005/08

DUNCAIRN GARDENS

0

0

1,618

0

BHA 06

BELFAST HARBOUR

9,932

0

47,287

183,727

BT 005/17

WESTLINK ENTERPRISE CENTRE, DISTILLERY STREET

0

0

0

1,281

MCH 10

MONTGOMERY ROAD

0

0

10,919

0

BT 005/20

LANARK WAY

0

0

0

641

BT 005/07

YORK ROAD INCLUDING JENNYMOUNT BUSINESS PARK

0

0

563

0

BT 005/12

STOCKMANS WAY

0

292

44

0

MCH 11

BALLYGOWAN ROAD

0

0

0

0

BT 005/02

ISLAND STREET/BALLYMACARRETT ROAD

0

0

0

331

BT 005/21

ARGYLE BUSINESS PARK, SHANKILL ROAD

0

0

0

0

BT 005/01

NEWTOWNARDS ROAD/TAMAR STEET

0

0

0

0

BT 005/18

SPRINGFIELD ROAD

0

0

4,310

5,107

BT 005/22

AGNES STREET INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

0

0

456

0

BT 005/03

EAST BELFAST ENTERPRISE PARK

0

0

0

0

BT 005/23

LOUDEN STREET/TOWNSEND STREET

0

0

0

0

BT 005/16

WHITEROCK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SPRINGFIELD ROAD

0

0

13,177

6,652

BT 005/26

CONWAY STREET

0

0

0

0

BT 005/06

CAMBRAI STREET

0

0

310

0

BT 005/24

ANDREWS MILL, DIVIS STREET

0

0

0

0

BT 005/14

GLEN ROAD

0

0

20

0

ML 05

SEYMOUR INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

0

0

0

3,598

ROC

Rest of City

0

0

17,913

0

BHA 01

TITANIC QUARTER

14,080

0

*

*

ODL

Outside Development Limit

0

0

3,288

0

 

Total

60,412

27,347

430,496

306,073

    Total 736,569
 

*See Table 6 for remaining capacity at BHA 01 Titanic Quarter.

 

Table 5: Completions (losses) and remaining potential losses by location

    Completed losses (m2) Remaining potential losses (m2)

Ref No

Location

01/04/2022 - 31/03/2023

01/04/2021 - 31/03/2022

Remaining commitments at 31/03/2023

CC City Centre 3,320 4,898 27,043

ML 08

KILWEE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DUNMURRY

0

0

0

BT 005/05

HILLVIEW ROAD

0

0

5,028

BT 005/19

BALLYGOMARTIN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BALLYGOMARTIN ROAD

0

0

0

BT 005/10

GLENBANK BUSINESS PARK, CRUMLIN ROAD

0

0

0

BT 005/25

NORTH HOWARD LINK

0

0

0

BT 005/15

KENNEDY WAY

0

0

0

BT 005/04

CASTLEREAGH ROAD

0

0

0

MCH 09

PRINCE REGENT ROAD

0

0

800

ML 07

SPRINGBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

0

0

0

BT 005/13

RAVENHILL BUSINESS PARK

0

0

93

BT 005/09

SHORE ROAD/SKEGIONEILL STREET

0

0

0

BT 004

LAND AT SPRINGFIELD ROAD (FORMER MACKIE'S SITE)

0

0

0

BT 005/11

DONEGALL ROAD

0

0

0

BT 005/08

DUNCAIRN GARDENS

0

0

381

BHA 06

BELFAST HARBOUR

0

0

5,129

BT 005/17

WESTLINK ENTERPRISE CENTRE, DISTILLERY STREET

0

0

0

MCH 10

MONTGOMERY ROAD

0

0

2,531

BT 005/20

LANARK WAY

0

0

0

BT 005/07

YORK ROAD INCLUDING JENNYMOUNT BUSINESS PARK

0

0

0

BT 005/12

STOCKMANS WAY

0

0

561

MCH 11

BALLYGOWAN ROAD

0

0

0

BT 005/02

ISLAND STREET/BALLYMACARRETT ROAD

0

0

0

BT 005/21

ARGYLE BUSINESS PARK, SHANKILL ROAD

0

0

0

BT 005/01

NEWTOWNARDS ROAD/TAMAR STEET

0

0

956

BT 005/18

SPRINGFIELD ROAD

0

0

3,940

BT 005/22

AGNES STREET INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

0

0

0

BT 005/03

EAST BELFAST ENTERPRISE PARK

0

0

0

BT 005/23

LOUDEN STREET/TOWNSEND STREET

0

0

0

BT 005/16

WHITEROCK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SPRINGFIELD ROAD

0

0

271

BT 005/26

CONWAY STREET

0

0

0

BT 005/06

CAMBRAI STREET

0

0

1,672

BT 005/24

ANDREWS MILL, DIVIS STREET

0

0

0

BT 005/14

GLEN ROAD

0

0

0

ML 05

SEYMOUR INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

0

0

0

ROC

Rest of City

506

0

27,723

 

Total

3,826

4,898

76,128

 

Table 6: Mixed use sites remaining yield/capacity

ZONING REFERENCE

LOCATION

EMPLOYMENT YIELD

BHA 05

NORTH FORESHORE

38,140

BT 003

LAND AT CRUMLIN ROAD INCLUDING GIRDWOOD BARRACKS

20,000

BT 002

LAND AT MONAGH BYPASS / UPPER SPRINGFIELD ROAD

4,030

BHA 01

TITANIC QUARTER

62,989

 

TOTAL

125,159

 

 

Appendix A: Summary Methodology

The employment land monitor measures net gains and losses in employment floorspace within the Belfast City Council area. It provides a snapshot of the amount of land available for employment as of 1st April each year. The Monitor demonstrates the presence of an adequate and continuous supply of employment land in the city and provides evidence to inform the preparation of the Local Development Plan and to make planning decisions. The Monitor presents a register of potential employment land, based on current planning policy designations and planning permissions, rather than an accurate picture of viable employment land.

An Urban Capacity Study will be undertaken from time to time to assess the suitability, availability and achievability of monitored sites to ensure the land required to facilitate the required jobs growth over the plan period is met. An Urban Capacity Study for Belfast was published in March 2018. (https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/getmedia/3794156e-b2b5-4437-ab36-2f13f2f4f742/DPS028_Evi-05.pdf)

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Inputs

Employment planning approvals

Loss of employment approvals

Records of building completions

Zoned housing land and Urban Capacity Study

Annually

Periodically

Annual Survey
Add new sites Update floorspace commenced Update floorspace completed
Remove sites were permission expired Desk based research and site visits Mark sites as 'not started', 'ongoing' or 'completed'
Annual Report
Summary report published with:
  • Employment floorspace completed each year and remaining potential capacity of land
  • Area of land developed and remaining land for employment use
The report presents findings split into:
  • Overall city totals
  • Location of site: City Centre, employment zoning, rest of city

 

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