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I don't see why the idea of allotments in the city centre is such a bad idea.

Look at it this way:
- according to the map in the City Masterplan, there is a suggestion to 'transform excess surface car park space into urban allotments' and specifies only one site between Great Victoria Street and Sandy Row. I was mistaken when I assumed it would focus on Bankmore, a closer inspection of the map proves I was wrong.
- this area has a vast amount of dead space, probably far too much to be realistically developed in the next 10 years
- it's beside one of the most deprived areas in the city where there is a need for investment that covers healthy lifestyles, unemployment, green space provision etc
- the city council recognize the lack of parks with easy access from the city centre. allotments can double as a park
- there are hundreds of people on a waiting list for allotments. The Council could easily shorten that list by 50 by converting just one of the car parks in that area

Have a look at page 19-20 of the document. The allotments idea covers only a tiny part of the Shaftesbury area masterplan. Most of the other ideas involve large construction projects that would address density issues.
 

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I think they're fine on a small scale where development is unlikely to progress for the foreseeable future. The Sandy Row would be fine, I just don't think most existing surface car parks would be suitable for such initiatives as a lot aren't close to homes nor make a lot of sense as an allotment.

I love the idea of more green space within the city centre and allotments could have a part to play in that, but they have limitations when it comes to use as a 'park' or open space for the public. I think a mix of allotments on land close to homes that is unlikely to see development and 'pop-up' parks and green spaces on other sites could work well.
 

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North Queen Street housing plan approved. I would have preferred for the houses to be 3-storey but sure...

North Queen Street PSNI station to be developed for housing

Planning approval has been granted to develop a former PSNI station in north Belfast for housing.

The site on North Queen Street is between the Westlink and Clifton House.

Environment Minister Mark Durkan approved the plans by Apex Housing to demolish the vacant PSNI buildings and security fence and redevelop the site for 26 two-storey houses, car parking and site works.

He said the development would provide a "boost" for the area.

"It will deliver 26 homes in an area of high housing need and bring construction jobs in the short term," he said.

"The proposal will revitalise and enhance an historic area of the city, meaning that people can both live in and enjoy this attractive area.

"These houses will be in the vicinity of Clifton House, one of Belfast's most historic listed buildings which is surrounded by an historic park, garden and demesne.

"The application includes a tree-lined boulevard to the front of the site adjacent to North Queen Street which will create an attractive streetscape when approaching Clifton House. This will protect yet enhance this historically significant area.

"My vision is to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This decision will help do this."

Department of the Environment (DoE) Planning consulted with Belfast City Council at its meeting on 6 March 2014 and no objections were raised to the proposal.
 

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David Gavaghan was talking about having Belfast's largest allotments at TQ recently, not sure if that's something that's actually being considered or (more likely) just one of his wacky spur of the moment ideas.
 

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David Gavaghan was talking about having Belfast's largest allotments at TQ recently, not sure if that's something that's actually being considered or (more likely) just one of his wacky spur of the moment ideas.

It's not the worst idea, large amounts of the land aren't going to be developed any time soon and they're close to the communities in Sydenham and Connswater. The only issue would be any contamination of the land from its previous industrial use.
 

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I have never heard of the Gasyard. Is this part of the Gasworks?

funding of £247,300 to carry out structural and refurbishment work to extend the usable space in the Gasyard Centre in Belfast.

The Gasyard Centre, in keeping with the original Gasworks site, consists of two drums, with the main building built between the two round structures.

The funding will be used to add a new floor and refurbish the existing ground floor of the large drum. The new first floor will be used as a dance studio, recording studio, music studio and multi-media/film suite.

Mr McCausland said it would "enable Gasyard Development Trust to expand current service delivery and to develop and deliver additional programmes and activities".

The project will begin next month and finish before the end of March next year
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/n...ts-gasyard-centre-in-247k-boost-30084521.html
 

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Initial plans have been finished showing the proposed new QUB Institute for Global Food Security and School of Biological Sciences on the site of the former science library on Lennoxvale/Chlorine Gardens.

There's a resident consultation happening soon but the plans look good. I can't publish anything yet though as the planning application hasn't yet been submitted.
 

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Northern Ireland Hospice will officially launch the rebuild of its adult hospice in north Belfast later.

The hospice says that having served the community for over 25 years, Somerton House needs significant investment to ensure it is fit for purpose. It is now building a new facility on the site which it says "will meet the end of life care needs of the next generation".

The old Somerton House closed its doors in 2012. Since then the hospice has been operating out of temporary accommodation at Whiteabbey Hospital in Newtownabbey and Jennymount Business Park in Belfast.


Our plans to rebuild Hospice are moving forward well and as I write contractors are moving on site to begin 18 months of demolition and building works. By late 2015 we will be back in our new hospice.

The plans are very exciting. With 18 single en-suite bedrooms and enough space for the comfort and dignity of patients and families, the new hospice will be a warm, comfortable and welcoming place. It will have courtyard gardens, quiet spaces and activity areas alongside access to the best professional care that people need at this difficult time.

We are also pleased to report that over £10 million has been secured towards the project and this is thanks to your generous donations and pledges alongside Government funding.

Our work over the coming months will focus on progressing the building work and raising the funds we need to complete the project.

“New Hospice at a Glance”

  • 18 single en-suite rooms with modern facilities, comfort and private space for families and loved ones
  • A bright and spacious Day Hospice where patients can enjoy companionship, therapies, activities and access to the outpatient clinic
  • A Research and Education wing which will advance the quality of care we provide in the future
  • A children and relatives area for those visiting their loved ones
  • A Sanctuary and Chaplain’s room for those seeking spiritual support
  • Peaceful gardens for use by patients and relatives
  • A Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy facility to improve the wellbeing of patients
  • A gallery and artist’s studio where patients can express their creativity
  • A centre of excellence, the new hospice will enable us to care beyond cancer and reach out to more people in need of care in the future. It will also be the first dementia friendly hospice in the UK and will enable us to care for people with respiratory and other non-malignant illnesses.

New technologies within the building will support our nurses out in the community to care for more people at home which is of course where most people prefer to be.

View the plans for our new hospice at www.nihospice.org/buyabrick or call 028 9078 1836 to make an appointment.


 

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I wonder does the news about NAMA mean that many of these projects may be start soon?
 

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DoE recommending approval for the QUB's library stack development and Belfast Harbour Commissioner's plan for land reclamation. Belfast Council to now consider.

They've also recommending approval for Belfast City Council's plan for a new Olympia Leisure Centre within the new Windsor Park.
 

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Application for an extension to Benedict's Hotel lodged.

Demolition of existing building on Donegall Road and erection of 4 storey building. The ground floor shall consist of (a) 3 commercial units, (b) laundry room. lift and external smoking area for the use with the existing adjacent hotel. The first, secound, third and fourth floor shall consist of 24 hotel rooms, which will form as an annex to the existing Bemedicts Hotel complex located at 7-21 Bradbury Place, Belfast.

http://epicpublic.planningni.gov.uk...lication_detailview.aspx?caseno=N44RJBSV30000
 

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Was walking the dog last night past the Soloist and they were dismantling the tower crane. Fit out seems to be coming along very well and the ground floor and area around the building has been cleared up and repaved. I think it'll look great once finished. Progress also going well with Lanyon Plaza.
 

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Application No: Y/2014/0113/F

Location: Dundonald International Ice Bowl (including the existing building and adjacent land to the north, south and west), 111 Old Dundonald Road, Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 1XT

Proposal: Phased demolition of existing Dundonald International Ice Bowl structure and redevelopment to include new Olympic standard ice rink, ten pin bowling facility, indoor sports hall, climbing walls and high ropes area, food outlets, children’s soft play area, health and well being centre, municipal gym, new parking areas and creation of new landscaped amenity area
 

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Was walking the dog last night past the Soloist and they were dismantly the tower crane. Fit out seems to be coming along very well and the ground floor and area around the building has been cleared up and repaved. I think it'll look great once finished. Progress also going well with Lanyon Plaza.
There must have been serious reworking neeed insie Soloist since they started before the Lanyon Plaza, and are only now finally progressing to fittnig out the floors, starting from the top floor. Meanwhile L.Plaza looks like it's a couple of weeks from being finished, with the area around the building the last major thing to do it looks like.

It'll be amazing to have the area around the waterfront and those buildings clear of scaffolds and fencing after, what is it, 5 or 6 years?
 

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Application No: Y/2014/0113/F

Location: Dundonald International Ice Bowl (including the existing building and adjacent land to the north, south and west), 111 Old Dundonald Road, Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 1XT

Proposal: Phased demolition of existing Dundonald International Ice Bowl structure and redevelopment to include new Olympic standard ice rink, ten pin bowling facility, indoor sports hall, climbing walls and high ropes area, food outlets, children’s soft play area, health and well being centre, municipal gym, new parking areas and creation of new landscaped amenity area
Wondering what, if any effect the council boundary changes will have on this- it's just inside the Lisburn-Castlereagh area but this redevelopment has probably been in consideration for years. This, Forestside & Tesco Newtownbreda will be big revenue bringers for the new council now that it's becoming much more rural in character.
 

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Gary added this to FutureBelfast. Be good to see this progressed, will fill up an unsightly gap. It'd be nice to see more buildings developed along Millfield, the surface car parks act as an abrupt end to the city centre in that part of town.


Z/2009/1567/O

Lands adjacent to Smithfield Market and Millfield Dual Carriage Way, between Samuel Street and Smithfield Square North, Belfast BT13.

Erection of 7-storey mixed use development containing 66 apartments and 685sqm of commercial space with 18 car parking spaces at ground level and 39 parking spaces at lower ground level

 

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Flicking through the bumf it seems that:

-Castle Court are against this scheme as they are concerned that these flats will result in the loss of three (!) existing parking bays and that there will not be enough parking spaces for the residents (there are 12 less than planning guidelines), though Roads Service are giving the developers a pass this time. If I remember rightly this piece of land would have formed part of the Castle Court expansion had that gone ahead.

-The original plans had 'commercial' uses on the ground floor, consultation with Planning Service means they will now be shops.
 
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