Northern Ireland

Former Public Records Office site sold for housing

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Image caption The public records office moved to Titanic Quarter in 2011

The former Public Records Office (PRONI) site in Belfast has been sold for a housing development.

The property, located in a prime residential area on Balmoral Avenue, south Belfast, was put up for sale in April 2011.

It was put on the market when the records office moved to new premises in the Titanic Quarter.

The buyers are the Belfast-based Deramore Developments.

They have submitted a planning application to demolish the existing building on the site and build 16 houses, split between detached and semi-detached.

The asking price for the two-acre site was £2.25m but it is not clear what the new owners paid.