The Royal Exchange site, Belfast :: Shared Description

A major mixed-use scheme proposed for the most neglected part of central Belfast. Based on my interpretation of the “artist’s impression” it will cover part of lower Donegall Street, lower North Street, Garfield Street and Royal Avenue. Much of the area, near St Anne’s cathedral and the MAC site J3374 : The "MAC" site, Belfast (1) is just outside the main shopping and office area and had become semi-derelict. If the scheme proceeds it will unite the existing commercial area and the “Cathedral Quarter”. It (Z/2010/1532/F) received approval on 5 September 2012.

Note added 21 March 2014: so far there has not been any visible progress towards starting this development. There is doubt, in some quarters, whether Belfast has the population to sustain what amounts to a second city centre. In the meantime the area has become blighted and unsightly. This is a selective quotation from a Department of the Environment press release on 27 January 2014: “Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced £605,000 to tackle decay and dereliction . . . . Many derelict sites and properties will benefit, be it a facelift for the run down North Street/ Donegall Street/ Royal Avenue area . . . . . Mark H Durkan said: “This funding will enhance these areas, removing eyesores along key coastal areas and in our towns and cities”. The full press release is available here LinkExternal link.
In November 2015 the Department for Social Development admitted that the scheme had been abandoned and that it had, inter alia, commissioned a study to "examine the relationship between retail, leisure and commercial office investment in the continuing regeneration of Belfast".
Note added 25 August 2016: with the “Royal Exchange” proposal now abandoned there is the following new application (26 August 2016 (advertised date)) for planning permission “LA04/2016/1603/F Proposal to Vary Conditions 2-5 of Z/2010/1532/F of the Royal Exchange, Belfast to allow for the development to be phased through a Phasing and Implementation Plan to include demolition and construction parcel plans to be submitted for agreement by Council; and to also vary conditions 6-13 (traffic and parking) 14-18 (contaminated land) 21-29 (landscaping) 30-32 (archaeology and listed buildings) and 33 (environmental designations) to enable conditions of the development to be discharged, on a to be agreed phased basis. Proposed development at lands bounded by nos 31-101 Royal Avenue Church Street William Street Writers Square Nos 40 to 16 Donegall Street No. 2 Waring Street 1-21 Bridge Street Nos 2-18 High Street Nos 1-27 Lombard Street Nos 33 to 55 Rosemary Street and including North Street and Nos. 2-14 Lower Garfield Street.”
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J3374 : Former "Tivoli" barber's shop, Belfast (1) by Albert Bridge
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J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast (February 2014) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Nos 1-21 Bridge Street, Belfast (1) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast (2013-1) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The disguised Lower Garfield Street, Belfast - April 2014(1) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-6 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The disguised North Street Arcade, Belfast - April 2014(4) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast - April 2014(1) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Nos 27-31 Rosemary Street, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : "To let" shop, Belfast (18) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Street sign, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Winecellar Entry, Belfast (4) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast 10 October 2010 (1) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The Royal Exchange site, North Street, Belfast (4) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The disguised North Street Arcade, Belfast - April 2014(6) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The North Street Arcade, Belfast (7) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : North Street, Belfast (November 2015) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Rosemary Street, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast (4) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Winecellar Entry, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The disguised North Street Arcade, Belfast - April 2014(3) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-7 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Temple Court, Belfast (1) by Albert Bridge

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Created: Sun, 7 Nov 2010, Updated: Thu, 25 Aug 2016

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