Student flats over Belfast railway line are finally on track


A bid to build a 253-unit student accommodation block over a railway line in south Belfast can go ahead, officials have signalled.

Subject to official approval from the City Council's planning committee, the new complex will be built over the line between Botanic Avenue and University Road.

It comes 20 years after the railway track next to Botanic Station was covered by a culvert in preparation for future development. Efforts to build apartments on the site never materialised.

High profile Northern Ireland property developer Andrew Creighton is behind the new Botanic Link plan, which will contain 220 bedrooms, along with 33 studio flats in a complex connecting the two busy south Belfast thoroughfares.

It also provides for a 2,000 sq ft retail or cafe unit on the ground floor.

The scheme is expected to be generally marketed towards second and third year university students.

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