A proposed c£15m cruise ship facility at lands known as D3, Airport Road West, Belfast.
Belfast Harbour submitted a planning application in March 2016 proposing a “multi-purpose facility for berthing of cruise ships, and for lay-by and transient storage of project cargo, break bulk and dry bulk during cruise ship off season”. The development comprises the construction of a 340m long quay with mooring dolphins and associated dredging. An access road from Airport Road West will serve a modular terminal building and parking for coaches, taxis and visitor cars.
Construction was proposed to commence September 2016 and complete by April 2017, subject to planning permission. The planning application remains undetermined by the Department for Infrastructure (Jan 2017).
‘Belfast Cruise Ship Watch‘ posted an update received from Strategic Planning Division, Department for Infrastructure on 25th January 2017: “The Department is currently awaiting the submission of further environmental information to assist it in determining the application and associated environmental impacts. The information is expected to be submitted by 20th April 2017.”
Previous Alexandra Dock Proposal (2013)
On Thursday 13 June 2013 Belfast Harbour Commissioners revealed plans to develop a purpose built cruise berth facility, with coach parking and welcome building, adjacent to the Alexandra Dock at Titanic Quarter Belfast, replacing the existing facility at Stormont Wharf. The project was initially due for completion by April 2014 but did not proceed. Belfast Harbour confirmed in January 2014 that preliminary testing at the proposed site revealed potential environmental issues. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan stated in February 2014 that “officials from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Heritage section are presently liaising with representatives of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners to determine whether a proposed cruise ship docking facility is likely to have significant environmental effects. It is necessary to consider potential environmental effects as the site for the facility is located within an area of archaeological interest (Alexandra Dry Dock, a scheduled monument) and adjacent to ‘European Sites’ (Belfast Lough Ramsar Site and Belfast Lough Special Protection Area – Special Areas of Conservation designated under the European Union Habitats Directive). If the proposal is likely to have significant environmental effects then an application for planning permission accompanied by an Environmental Statement will be required.” Belfast Harbour no longer propose to develop a cruise facility at the Alexandra Dock site and are proposing to develop D3, Airport Road West.