Developer makes second attempt to demolish Havelock House for apartments

Developer makes second try and demolish Havelock House for flats

A developer whose plan to demolish Havelock House was rejected is making one other try and degree the constructing for a residential block.

n November 2020, Belfast City Council refused an software by Locka Ltd, a subsidiary of Olympian Homes, to demolish the previous UTV constructing on Belfast’s Ormeau Road to develop a 270-apartment residential constructing with courtyard gardens and 40 car-parking areas.

There had been 73 objections from native residents, who complained about continued development within the space, the peak of the constructing and solely 40 car-parking areas being allotted within the proposal.

Olympian Homes lodged an attraction to the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) quickly after and in October 2021 the PAC upheld Belfast City Council’s choice to reject the proposals.

In May 2022, Lock Ltd submitted a brand new Proposal of Application Notice in search of “demolition of current buildings, development of residential condominium improvement and related works”.

Details will not be out there but on the planning portal, however the builders can be sharing the brand new plan in an upcoming public session.

SDLP councillor Gary McKeown, previously of the council planning committee, who voted in opposition to the final software, once more voiced his opposition to the brand new demolition plan.

He stated: “The message got here via robust and clear from each native residents and other people extra extensively that they wish to see the constructing retained and put into new use.

“It’s a part of the material of the Ormeau Road, it’s a part of the historic material of town, and it’s very irritating for folks to see it proposed for demolition. Again.

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“There are plenty of the reason why it didn’t get approval the final time, which centred on points resembling scale and mass, in addition to impression on close by listed buildings. But the builders have clearly gone again to the drafting board, with a brand new proposal, one which as soon as once more proposes the unique constructing being demolished.

“I’m guessing they’ve needed to tackle board the choice of the planning committee and they’re working a pre-application public engagement occasion in Donegall Pass quickly. People will be capable to see the drawings.

“But essentially, however regardless of the proposals are, the very fact is that they want to proceed with the concept of knocking the constructing down — and that’s one thing which actually exercised folks the primary time.

“It is simply unlucky that they haven’t discovered a solution to repurpose the present constructing. There are listed buildings within the neighborhood — the Klondyke Building instantly throughout the highway. By sustaining the historic facet of the world you complement these close by buildings.”

He added: “I might have thought that a part of what attracts folks to Belfast is the structure and the character of town. And to my thoughts, it certainly is smart to take a type of iconic buildings and make it an attraction in itself, for regardless of the proprietor decides, if that occurs to be flats. They appear to be lacking a trick on that. I might have thought it was a no brainer. You have a improbable constructing there and other people know what it’s.”

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Havelock House was the house of UTV from 1959 till 2018, when the broadcaster relocated to City Quays. The authentic constructing, constructed within the nineteenth century, was a hemstitching warehouse and belonged to James Thomas and Sons Ltd.

During the Second World War, the coalition authorities grew to become the occupier of the constructing, with it turning into a billet for troops within the metropolis. Ulster Television then acquired the premises in 1959.

In May 2017, UTV introduced a relocation to City Quays 2 and commenced relocating in 2018.

Havelock House went in the marketplace for £3.5m.

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