Outline planning application submitted for the Regeneration of Belfast City’s Northside
29 June 2015
Northside Regeneration Ltd, the development team selected by the Department for Social Development (DSD) to take forward the objectives of the Northside Urban Village Regeneration Implementation Plan, has submitted its outline planning application to Belfast City Council on Monday 29 June 2015.
The plans submitted follow a pre-planning application community consultation completed at the end of last year which influenced the design of this mixed use regeneration scheme. The plans provide a comprehensive regeneration framework for the benefit of the whole area rather than a stand-alone project and include a hotel, commercial space, apartments, office, retail units, as well as social housing in the Clifton street area. Detailed plans have also been included for part of the purpose built student accommodation provision with an initial 710 beds near the new Ulster University campus. The total project will be delivered in phases over a five to seven year build programme.
The Northside Regeneration project will create an opportunity for up to £300million of private sector investment and it is estimated that throughout the course of the project over 1500 jobs will be created or safeguarded, and the overall value to the Northern Ireland economy will be in the region of £770m.
Northside Regeneration is a partnership between Balfour Beatty, a global infrastructure services company and award winning local property developer Kevin McKay. The consortium has assembled a strong team focused on the successful realisation of the project and combining outstanding local expertise and international experience and skills. Balfour Beatty’s involvement underpins this investment and the deliverability of the regeneration scheme.
The regeneration of the Northside of Belfast is considered one of the most significant development in the life of the City in over a century. This multimillion pound project is a major inward investment for the City and the region as a whole, and with it come global standards and ambitions for the Northside redevelopment.
Ian Woosey, Director of Development at Balfour Beatty Investments said:
“The Northside Regeneration consortium is committed to maximising the significant economic social and cultural benefits that will flow from the development of this comprehensive regeneration scheme and the creation of services, facilities, amenities, cultural infrastructure, creative enterprises and employment that will strengthen the city community. There are exciting apprenticeship and graduate opportunities and it is estimated that around 90% of all the construction spend will be with local SMEs.”
Northsides’ Kevin McKay said:
“The plans we have developed have given careful consideration to the feedback we received during our consultation with local people. We have been sensitive to building heights, the preservation of heritage buildings and their facades as well as the proportionality of the mixed use scheme. What we have submitted in our applications has the potential to transform the Northside of the City and benefit those who live, visit and work there. This represents a major re-development of an area that has experienced dereliction and neglect over many years has the potential to not only change the North of the City but will have wider benefits for Northern Ireland as a whole.”
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