Proposed Forestside restaurant development could create 45 new jobs

An image of the proposed new restaurant complex at Forestside Shopping Centre
Gareth McKeown

A PROPOSED restaurant complex at a prominent Belfast shopping centre could create 45 new jobs.

As revealed by The Irish News this week, plans have been submitted for three new restaurant units at a 1.5 acre site in the car park of Forestside Shopping Centre, adjacent to the Upper Galwally entrance.

Now newly-released details about the proposals show the Newtownbreda scheme, which includes site, access and landscaping works, could create 45 jobs.

Documents accompanying the application from Forestside Acquisitions Ltd reveal that the 8,500 sq ft development, if given the green light from planners, will result in the loss of 60 car parking spaces at the shopping centre and the addition of four disabled bays.

The three restaurant units are all different sizes and have a floorspace of; 1,400 sq ft, 2,800 sq ft and 3,450 sq ft respectively.

Each unit has its own separate entrance and at this stage no occupiers have been agreed for the site, according to the documents.

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.

Meanwhile expansion plans at a popular Co Tyrone hospitality venue have been given the green light.

The Tailor's House in Ballygawley, which operates a bar, restaurant, as well as a bed and breakfast, is to create an additional four guest bedrooms and extend its existing bar and kitchen facilities.

The expansion will come from the conversion of a house at the site and will add a further 1,400 sq ft to the Main Street venue. The development is expected to create two new jobs.

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