J3372 : Nos 87-91 Botanic Avenue, Belfast (November 2015)

taken 5 years ago, near to Beal Feirste, Shankill, Belfast County Borough, Stranmillis and Windsor, Northern Ireland

Nos 87-91 Botanic Avenue, Belfast (November 2015)
Nos 87-91 Botanic Avenue, Belfast (November 2015)
The former guest house, now semi-derelict and disguised, is being offered for sale as a “prominent redevelopment opportunity”. The agents’ website includes the following description “The property consists of three red brick period terrace properties, occupying a site of c. 0.09 acres. The building has sustained fire damage internally and has subsequently had a large section of the affected roof replaced. All interested parties should satisfy themselves with the condition of the property. We have been unable to gain internal access to the property due to its condition, however we estimate the gross floor plate of the existing structure to be c. 2,850 sq ft following a measurement completed using Spatial NI. The property was granted full planning permission in May 2009 for the conversion of guest house to 2 retail units on the ground floor and 23 self catering apartments above. Planning Reference Number: Z/2008/2071/F. Therefore subject to the necessary planning consent the property may be suitable for retail/residential redevelopment as we are advised the building is not included in the listed building register.”
Former "Botanic Lodge" guest house, Belfast

Three former houses, at the corner of Botanic Avenue and Mount Charles, converted into a guest house. Now disused, the properties have the following planning permission: “Z/2008/2071/F 87 - 91 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JN Conversion of guest house to 2 retail units on the ground floor and 23 self-catering studios/apartments above accessed via No.89” (20 May 2009).

Subsequently amended “Proposed change of use from guest house to 2No Cafe/retail units on the ground floor with 14No Apartments above accessed via existing entrance fronting Botanic Ave. Alterations to include replacement of defective structural areas and extensions to rear of property”.

The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of geographical and historical record only. I have no connection with any of the parties involved in the proposed development.
It was one of the very, very few which provided accommodation, close to the city centre, for visitors, during “the Troubles” in the 1970’s.
A disguise was applied to the derelict building during March/April 2015.
There is an application (6 April 2016) for the following planning permission “LA04/2016/0737/F Demolition of guest house and replace with 4 storey building with basement. 2 retail units + ATM on ground floor and 21 apartments above with access via Mount Charles. 87-91 Botanic Avenue Belfast BT7 1JN”.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 November, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 15 November, 2015
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 337 728 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.1948N 5:55.9485W
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Irish: geotagged! J 337 728
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Building (Disguised)  Derelict Building  Guest House (Former)  Development Site 

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