New 17-storey Belfast apartment complex set for planning green light

A 17-storey Belfast residential scheme on Dalton Street is recommended for approval at Tuesday's meeting of Belfast City Council
Gareth McKeown

A 17-STOREY Belfast residential scheme is among developments set to receive the green light from planners next week.

The 178-apartment complex on Dalton Street is recommended for approval at Tuesday's meeting of Belfast City Council planning committee.

The multi-million pound scheme, brought forward by Belfast property group, Kilmona Holdings, comprises 17-storey and 10-storey apartment blocks, as well as a gym, three retail units and a multi-storey car park.

The site, which spans over 30,000 sq ft, is home to a single two-storey brick building, currently in use by an architectural salvage business. If, as expected the plans are approved the existing building will be demolished to pave the way for the major residential development.

According to the application around 220 jobs will be created during the construction process, plus a further 50 once the building is operational. Plans for a similar residential development totalling 177 apartments were approved back in 2009, but the project never came to fruition.

Belfast property developer, Michael Herbert is also due to receive the green light next week for an apartment development in the city centre.

Kirk Bryson and Co, a firm spearheaded by KFC tycoon Herbert, is behind a 54-apartment development at Westgate House on Queen Street.

The plans if signed off, will see the demolition of the existing four-storey office building for the construction of 54 apartments, as well as a retail unit on the ground floor.

In addition to 10,000 sq ft of office space on the upper floors, Westgate House is currently home to two retail units, one of which is occupied by Shopmobility.

Kirk Bryson & Co acquired the site two years ago for an undisclosed sum. At the time the site had been listed for sale with a maximum reserve of £750,000.

Meanwhile the former First Trust Bank on the Ormeau Road is set to be demolished to pave the way for a new mixed-use scheme.

The three-storey development, which features eight apartments above a retail and separate restaurant unit is recommended for approval at Tuesday's planning committee meeting.

PWD developments, headed by hospitality industry stalwart Pat McCormack, is behind the plans. Mr McCormack purchased the site back in March last year for close to £1 million.

The First Trust outlet shut its doors in June 2017 as part of a programme of branch closures across the north.

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