Northern Ireland

University of Ulster: Possibility of more student flats for Belfast campus

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Image caption An artist's impression of the University of Ulster's new Belfast campus

Two developers are considering submitting planning applications for another 1,000 student flats in Belfast city centre.

Plans have already been submitted by a number of firms seeking to develop accommodation next to the University of Ulster's new Belfast site.

The campus will serve about 12,000 students when it is fully operational in 2018.

A pre-application enquiry has been made about developing a site on York Street.

It was submitted to the Planning Service in regard to developing 489 units at the location.

'Pre-application enquiry'

A second enquiry has also been made about a 550-unit development on Great Patrick Street.

A pre-application enquiry is an informal process which will not necessarily lead to an application.

It allows a developer to get an assessment of whether there is a reasonable chance of getting permission for a scheme.

The York Street site is centred on the Phillip House office block.

Image caption Building work is already under way on the university's new campus

The Great Patrick Street site has existing planning permission for 161 flats and 12 offices - this was from a 'boomtime' scheme called Sugar Walk, which was never developed.

Work has already begun on one student housing scheme close to the University - the conversion of Mark Royal House on Donegall Street.

Other applications have been submitted for College Square East, Glenalpin Street and York Street.

A large amount of student housing will also be included in the Northside regeneration scheme, although that is currently at the community consultation stage.

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