Northern Ireland

Belfast City Council to decide on student housing

UUB campus
Image caption There have been a significant number of student housing applications ahead of the expansion of the Ulster University's Belfast campus

Decisions on whether to allow more than 1,500 student housing units in Belfast will be made by the city council's planning committee on Tuesday evening.

It is considering five applications made by different developers.

Planners have recommended that the two largest schemes should be approved - ahead of the expansion of the Ulster University's Belfast campus.

One of the schemes recommended for approval is a 14 storey, 590 unit development on York Street.

The other is for 475 units in 11 storeys on Great Patrick Street.

The three schemes which have been recommended for refusal concern developments planned for Royal Avenue, Stephen Street and Clifton Street.

Some student housing schemes have already been approved.

A 45-bedroom development on Donegall Street is already operating and a major scheme at John Bell House is due to open in September.

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