According to the planning committee minutes from January this year, outline planning permission for the remainder of the scheme was approved.Phase one got approval i think? So maybe its next phases.
I have no words. For a city in desperate need of regeneration and investment this decision is astounding. Fortunately, the marxist views of Save CQ carry no weight in terms of planning policy and the proposal will be accepted once again.
The only big change that's happened since I posted that message in January this is that Covid19 has definitively killed off the idea that the Castlebrook proposal for CQ is in any way viable. Sure, city council could force through the planning application, and guess what? If it gets built (and that's a massive if right now) it'll almost certainly fail to attract they type of business and resident that it needs to make a profit. That type of business model is dead. I know this because I happen to work on financing major city developments, albeit not in Belfast.I think you'll find it was two decades worth of land-banking by the previous owners that held this up for so long. Lefties and moaners had nothing to do with it.
The current owners/developers proposed a load of tosh that was based on 1990s era big-box retail, a model that is clearly in it's death throes. Some well organised community groups forced the developers to change the plans, and we now have a much better proposal as a direct result of that. Again, lefties and moaning didn't come in it.
Outline planning permission was granted but outline permission merely establishes the principle of a development. It's why large masterplans like this and City Quays will always apply for outline planning permission first.According to the planning committee minutes from January this year, outline planning permission for the remainder of the scheme was approved.
So why it's in or outline planning permission 6 months later is baffling.
As Conor says, a clusterfuck.
Would the outline planning permission received in January not already account for the reduced height of the tower? I cannot see any further changes to the scheme since January on the planning portal.Outline planning permission was granted but outline permission merely establishes the principle of a development. It's why large masterplans like this and City Quays will always apply for outline planning permission first.
Once approved, a more detailed application is submitted and in some cases larger masterplans are phased with full planning permission submitted for separate elements.
Phases 1a and 1b have already been approved with full permission by Belfast City Council.
The application that was deferred relates to changes they made to the outline permission focusing on the reduced height of the Rosemary Street tower and the block sandwiched between North Street and Donegall Street.