Plans for restaurant complex at popular Belfast shopping centre

A planning application has been submitted this week for three restaurants at Forestside Shopping Centre
Gareth McKeown

PLANS have been submitted for a new restaurant complex at Forestside Shopping Centre in Belfast.

A planning application has been received this week from Forestside Acquisitions Ltd for three restaurants in the car park of the shopping centre, adjacent to the Upper Galwally entrance.

The proposals, submitted to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, also include site, access and landscaping works in the car park, although the exact details of development have yet to be published.

The proposals could see the creation of a food court in Forestside, similar to the one in CastleCourt or a separate development beside the main shopping mall building.

The first phase of Forestside Shopping Centre was opened in 1997 when Sainsbury's opened a 39,000 sq ft at the site. Since then the shopping complex has grown considerably in the past two decades and is now home to 42 retail and food tenants including; Marks and Spencer, Dunnes Stores, Next and H&M.

Along with Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry, Forestside is owned by Kildare Partners. In December the company was ranked as the leading investment manager in Northern Ireland by a leading industry guide.

The latest ‘Going Shopping 2019 – The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres’, published by Trevor Wood Associates, also named Victoria Square as the leading shopping centre in the north for an eighth consecutive year.

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