Lanyon Central

Last Update: 8 Jan 2022 | Planning Status Updated

Currently a cleared development site adjacent Belfast Central Railway Station.

Killultagh Properties and Hughes McMichael submitted an outline application (Z/2001/1922/O) in July 2001 proposing a multi-storey office development with 109 parking spaces. The application was approved in March 2002. Killultagh later sold the development site to William Ewart Properties.

Ewart Properties and CMG Planning submitted a planning application (Z/2005/1161/F) in May 2005 proposing to develop 320 apartments with 230 parking spaces. The application was approved in May 2008.

Ewart Properties sold the site c2009 to Applecroft Investments. M Construction submitted a further application (Z/2009/1118/F) with CMG Planning and Halliday Fraser Munro, proposing to develop a 12-storey mixed use development (c300,000ft2) comprising a 126 bed hotel, office accommodation, 136 apartments and associated car parking. The application was refused in March 2015.

In February 2015 the development site was placed into receivership by Cerberus (US investment fund that purchased loans from NAMA in 2014). The land was held by Applecroft Investments.

Kilmona Holdings acquired the site and Kilmona Property Ltd and Coogan & Co. Architects Ltd submitted a proposal of application notice in October 2015. A planning application (LA04/2016/0559/F) was later submitted in March 2016 proposing a 230,000ft2 office led development. The scheme was amended in July 2016 to propose four office buildings: Block A: 10 storeys, Block B: 14 storeys and Blocks C & D: 3 storeys. The scheme also proposes 4no. retail units, car parking and a landscaped plaza. The application was approved in June 2017.

A local resident was granted leave to apply for judicial review by the High Court in November 2017.

A High Court judge formally quashed the decision to approve the planning application in May 2018.

Loughview Leisure Centre submitted a planning application (LA04/2019/0219/F) in January 2019 proposing to create 244no. parking spaces on the site. The application was refused in October 2019.

The 2016 planning application (LA04/2016/0559/F) submitted by Kilmona Holdings was reassessed and presented to the Belfast Planning Committee in November 2020 with a recommendation to approve, subject to conditions and completion of a s.76 agreement. On a vote, the majority of the Committee voted to refuse the application. The application was formally refused in January 2021.

The applicant submitted an appeal to the Planning Appeals Commission in August 2021 (ref: 2021/A0056).