High-rise Belfast apartment scheme set for approval

Computer generated impression of the Conway Group's 15-storey apartment scheme close to the Dublin Road, Belfast.

A SOUTH Derry property developer looks set to secure planning permission for a 15 storey high-rise apartment development in Belfast.

The Conway Group’s bid centres on a 1.8 acre site on Holmes Street, located between Great Victoria Street and the Dublin Road.

The £6 million scheme has already secured a recommendation for approval from city council officials, but the final say will go to the council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Initial plans show the scheme will have 32 one bedroom apartments, 35 two-bedroom units and a single studio. However, the number of apartments is a ‘reserved matter’, meaning it may change at a later stage.

Co Tyrone developer McAleer and Rushe has already secured planning approval for a 15-storey student accommodation scheme next door.

The Conway Group’s assets in Belfast include the nearby Centre Point office building on Bedford Street. The group, which employs 700 people, has also developed Premier Inn hotels in Bangor, Lisburn and Derry.

Meanwhile, a delayed hotel project could now go ahead in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter after planning officials backed the amended plans of London-based property group JMK.

The company was originally granted planning approval in January 2020 for a 276-bedroom hotel just across the road from the Titanic tourist attraction.

But JMK changed its strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic, proposing instead a £36m development comprising 162 hotel rooms and 94 aparthotel units.

Belfast City Council’s planning committee will consider the latest recommendation to approve the scheme on Tuesday.