Belfast City Council Planning Officials Recommend Approving Proposal To Demolish Belfast's Former Park Avenue Hotel
Belfast City Council planning officials have recommended approving a proposal to demolish Belfast's former Park Avenue Hotel, which closed down last summer, to make way for a housing scheme. As rep...
Belfast City Council planning officials have recommended approving a proposal to demolish Belfast's former Park Avenue Hotel, which closed down last summer, to make way for a housing scheme.
As reported The Irish News, the recommendation is due to be considered by the council's planning committee today (Thursday October 21), and will pave the way for an affordable housing-led scheme consisting of 79 apartments and 11 townhouses.
The report prepared for Belfast City Council's planning committee reportedly acknowledged 75 objections to the proposal, but no major objections lodged by statutory bodies.
The Historic Environment Division reportedly recommended altering the design to protect views of the Harland & Wolff cranes, but officers reportedly said that it would make the scheme unviable in terms of space standards for social housing.
Officers reportedly also approved the removal of 22 trees, including 13 subject to preservation orders, reportedly stating that they were satisfied with a commitment to plant 70 new trees and adding that the demand for social housing outweighs the concerns over the trees.
The report reportedly revealed that in March of 2020 there were 934 applications for social housing in the surrounding area, including 522 people in housing stress, and reportedly said that a five-year assessment of housing requirement had identified a need for 258 new units.
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