Outline planning permission has been granted for a major new redevelopment on the site of the former Sirocco Works on the east bank of the River Lagan in Belfast.

The £400 million mixed-use waterside scheme was given the go-ahead by Belfast City Council. It is set to provide nearly 80,000 square metres of offices, 675 flats, a hotel, shops, restaurants and a care home, together with community and leisure facilities.

The proposals for the 2.6-hectare site also include a linear park, a new public square, landscaping, a replacement pedestrian bridge over the River Lagan and improved access to both Short Strand and Bridge End.

Of the housing element, 20% will be affordable, including a minimum of 10% social housing.

“This is a massive step forward for Belfast, with the potential to create almost 20% of the jobs pledged through the Belfast Agenda, our community plan, as well as providing new space for city centre living, another of our key goals,“ said Arder Carson, chair of the planning committee”.

“I’m also pleased that this project will not only finally transform a site which has been out of use since 1999, but also provide affordable housing units, responding to housing need and ensuring it becomes a place for everyone, with the facilities required to reflect our expected growth in our population by 2035″.

14 June 2019