Have your say on the controversial £500m Tribeca Belfast regeneration project

  • The group behind the controversial Tribeca Belfast regeneration of the historic Cathedral Quarter will be running a public exhibition next week as part of a public consultation process.

    When the massive £500m proposal to regenerate Belfast's Cathedral Quarter was announced, the public raised a number of concerns. The official proposed name of Tribeca Belfast (after New York's famous Tribeca area) didn't go down well with locals, and Belfast City Council even announced that it would oppose the name. Others were resistant to the idea of tearing down so many historic listed buildings, some even starting campaigns to save the Cathedral Quarter.

    Castlebrooke Investments has been working to alleviate public concerns over the scheme, hiring local architects and redrawing plans to counter objections from the general public. Changes so far have included redeveloping the North Street Arcade, retaining more of the historic streets in the area, and reducing the heights of office buildings from 27 stories to 10 in order to maintain the skyline.

    The group announced that it would be running a voluntary 10 week public consultation ahead of its application for planning permission. That consultation will kick off next Monday 29th July at 2PM with the first of a series of public exhibitions to be held at the former Mackey's Opticians unit on 6-8 North Street. Members of the public will be shown a series of changes that have been made to the planning application that Castlebrooke hopes will meet with local approval. The proposal will be submitted officially in Autumn 2019.

    Jonathan Mitchell, director of Castlebrooke Investments, said: "We believe that the changes we have made address many of the areas of concern which have been raised to date and it has been great to see a very positive response to these plans. Over the last three weeks we have held a series of meetings with city stakeholders, all of which have helped to shape the vision for the future of the city centre. We will continue to listen as we move through this voluntary process."

    If you're interested in booking a viewing, head over to www.tribeca-belfast.co.uk for more information.

    Source: Written based on press release

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