Northern Ireland

Council approves Blackstaff Square student housing scheme

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

A 476 bedroom student housing scheme has been given the go-ahead by Belfast City Council.

It will be built at McClintock Street/Blackstaff Square, on the site of a former Metropolitan College building.

It will be used by Queens University, which recently bought the scheme from property firm McAleer and Rushe.

McAleer and Rushe will build the development with a summer 2018 completion target.

Two other student housing applications were deferred, pending site visits by councillors.

They were for a 407 unit scheme on York Street and a 156 unit scheme on the Dublin Road.

The Dublin Road scheme has attracted objections from some local residents.

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Image caption An application for a separate student housing scheme on the Dublin Road was deferred

The council's planning committee heard concerns about the design of the building, anti-social behaviour and car parking.

Meanwhile, the council has approved a plan to convert the War Memorial Building on Waring Street into a boutique hotel.

A 75 unit apartment scheme on Chichester Street was also given the go-ahead.

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