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£500m Tribeca Belfast scheme gets planning approval

An artist's impression of the proposed Tribeca Belfast scheme
Staff Reporter

BELFAST councillors last night gave the green light to a controversial city centre development in the face of a raft of objections from heritage bodies.

Castlebrooke Developments' Tribeca Belfast scheme, which encompasses an area straddling Royal Avenue, North Street and Donegall Street, was granted approval for a revised outline planning application.

The £500m mixed use development covers the area previously earmarked for the Royal Exchange scheme and will involve the demolition of a number of buildings in a conservation area.

The London-based firm plans to retain a series of buildings' facades and restore the North Street Arcade “in a new format”. Its revised application saw the scrapping of plans for a 27-storey tower, potentially Northern Ireland's tallest building.

Castlebrooke chief executive Neil Young said planning approval signalled the "start of a major regeneration for a vital part of Belfast city centre".

Belfast City Council planning officials had already recommended approval which was last night ratified by the council's planning committee.

Work is due to begin on site next year on the £500m Tribeca Belfast development

Despite the developer making a series of significant changes to its original bid, the revised proposal attracted 443 objections.

Castlebrooke says 600 jobs will be created during construction phase and 1,600 jobs when completed.

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