J3374 : Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (April 2014)

taken 10 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (April 2014)
Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (April 2014)
See J3374 : Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (10) (April 2012). The ”Athletic Stores”/Swanston’s warehouse is still standing and vacant. The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society sought a judicial review of the decision to give planning permission for demolition and replacement by apartments and shops. The following is a selective extract from the judgement handed down on 7 February 2014:
“This is a challenge to the decisions of 2 May 2012 whereby the respondent [the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland] granted planning permission to Carlisle Property Developments Ltd to demolish a four storey 19th Century warehouse located in Queen Street, Belfast and to construct on the site a seven storey residential/retail development” . . . . .
“[69] The problem with this decision is that the Department is not obliged to change the status quo. The instant application is not the end of the line for the building. It is not the only option. If this application were refused, the building would continue in use as it is at the moment for the time being. There would be no necessary detriment to the area. Nothing bad will immediately happen if the building continued in its present use save the effect of time on the fabric of the building which it is estimated will eventually render the building unusable in 30 years in the absence of alternative proposals.

[70] To my mind where the Department is obliged to have regard to a presumption, and there are two options available to it, one which respects the presumption, and one which does not, the existence of the presumption-respecting option is a very material consideration and one which must be considered and given its full presumptive weight.

[71] Key documents leading to the ultimate decision overlooked the existence of this presumption, and none of the documents gave any or proper consideration to the presumption-respecting option that was open to the department. For this reason I hold that the Department failed to properly take into account a very relevant consideration”.
1. Swanston Hall site, Belfast

No 29 Wellington Place is a late-Victorian building perhaps best known as “Parsons & Parsons”. It shares a rear boundary with nos 41-49 Queen Street – a building in more recent times occupied by “The Athletic Stores” but originally built, in 1911, as a linen warehouse. The proposed demolition and redevelopment of the latter has proved to be a matter of some considerable controversy. The current (September 2015) proposal is to redevelop both as “managed student accommodation”.
The site has the following planning permission “LA04/2015/1252/F Erection of purpose built managed student accommodation comprising 114 studios and 203 cluster rooms (317 units in total), retail unit (class A1) on ground floor of Queen Street, common room, management suite on ground floor of Wellington Place, reception, laundry room, cycle store, plant room and bin storage area. Retention of existing facades of 41-49 Queen Street, 24 College Street and 29 Wellington Place and demolition of buildings behind. The proposed building is 5 storeys behind Wellington Place façade, 7 storeys behind Queen Street façade with a setback floor at level 8 and 13 storey tower setback from the Queen Street frontage. (Amended Plans) 41-49 Queen Street 24-30 College Street and 29 Wellington Place Belfast”.
The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of neutral historical record only. I have no connection with the developers, objectors or any campaigners. I am not a member of the UAHS. I have no views about the development – for or against and will not enter into any correspondence on the subject.

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Sunday, 20 April, 2014   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 April, 2014
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City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
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Construction 
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Belfast 
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Irish: geotagged! J 336 741 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.8591N 5:56.0169W
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Irish: geotagged! J 336 740
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