Posted on Monday 10 September 2018 by John Mulgrew

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A new four-storey apartment development planned close to Windsor Park could be refused permission at a planning committee meeting in Belfast.

Plans were submitted last year for the 31-bedroom scheme at Lorne Street, just off the Lisburn Road in the south of the city.

According to planners, one objection received "concerned that there is inadequate parking proposed”.

Planners have recommended the building is refused permission at Tuesday’s Belfast City Council planning committee meeting.

They said it is “considered that the proposed development does not respect the surrounding context, is inappropriate to the character of the site, the design does not draw upon the best local traditions of form, materials and detailing and it will have an unacceptable adverse effect on the proposed property in terms of loss of light, overshadowing and poor outlook for residents.

“The proposal is not in keeping with the overall character and environmental quality of the area and four units are an inadequate size.

“Furthermore, the applicant has failed to demonstrate that adequate measures will be put in place to mitigate flood risk to the development and from development elsewhere.”

Lorne Street stretches north to south from Lower Windsor Avenue, across to Tates Avenue. It is less than a quarter of a mile away from Windsor Park football stadium.

Meanwhile, a number of large-scale developments which have already been given approval will be brought up at the meeting, following a High Court decision to quash a green light for a £55m office scheme close to Central Station, now Lanyon Place.

A host of 'reconsidered' major planning applications are due before the committee, following the High Court judgement which ruled against the Lanyon Central office scheme.

Schemes include Richland Group’s 12-storey office development on the Dublin Road and a 250-bedroom hotel on Corporation Street/Tomb Street. Both have been already been approved already and approval is still being recommended.

Elsewhere, a new sports ‘active zone’ with “sprint track, outdoor gym equipment...” is expected to get the go ahead close to the Westlink in Belfast.

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