New £8m hotel among major Belfast projects granted planning approval
A NEW £8 million Belfast hotel was one of a number of major development projects given the planning green light this week.
Hospitality group the Galgorm Collection received approval on Tuesday from Belfast City Council planning committee for the redevelopment of the former Holy Rosary Church on Ormeau Road.
The plans will see the church transformed into a restaurant, bar and 18-bedroom hotel and according to developers, will create around 100 new jobs.
An additional 30 jobs are also due to be created during construction, design and fit-out ahead of opening in spring next year.
The new 150-seat BBQ smokehouse restaurant will feature a wood-burning firepit as part of a new dining experience and will further add to the dining options on the Ormeau Road.
Galgorm Collection managing director, Colin Johnston welcomed planning approval.
“We’ve extensively engaged with councillors, partners, residents and stakeholders to ensure that one of Belfast’s finest, historic buildings can be carefully restored to create an outstanding new and unique hotel and dining experience for the city and for Northern Ireland," he said.
"We are delighted that our approved plans will further enhance Belfast’s growing high quality hospitality offer in line with our own aspirations and that of the city, while adding to the vibrancy of community life on Ormeau Road.”
A new £15m residential development in Belfast city centre was also given the official sign off at Tuesday's planning committee meeting.
The Academy street project, which is Belfast's first first 'build to rent' accommodation comprises 90 one and two bed apartments and will further add to the housing stock in the city centre.
The 16-storey development, being brought forward by joint venture Lacuna Watkin Jones, is set to create 75 jobs during construction and once operation sustain 15 full-time equivalent roles.
Also approved at this week's meeting was a 565m alpine toboggan run, to be located at Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast.
The concept, which sees users travel on a sled down a metal track at speed, has been developed by Colin Glen Trust and is supported by Belfast City Council.
The new leisure attraction further adds to the offering at Colin Glen, which includes 200 acres of scenic woodland, grassland, waterfalls and pathways, a Gruffalo adventure trail and the Skytrek adventure centre.
The new toboggan run is part of a wider development at the west Belfast park announced last year and comes after the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) handed ownership of the complex over to Colin Glen Trust on a 999-year lease.