Planit-IE has been working towards the vision for a significant Conservation Area within Belfast City Centre – the Linen Quarter. The Quarter represents an important area of growth within the City Centre, building on impressive historic built form which is becoming the home for a large number of offices, supported by the introduction of a number of exciting new bars, cafes and hotels. The quarter also represents a key point of arrival for tourists, visitors, city workers and locals – setting the need to guide new development sites and control the reuse of historic buildings towards a common vision for the Quarter which also meets the aspirations of the wider Belfast City Centre.
The Linen Quarter Vision and Guidance document now forms a significant piece of guidance for the City Council to assess development proposals against the vision for the area. The work assesses how to best use the Conservation Area’s current qualities; exploring ways to consolidate and enhance its role as the premier office destination within Belfast and continue to provide a strong sense of arrival. The document also introduces new public spaces; redefines streets and promotes a different street hierarchy; and enhances the area’s important built heritage, and provides guidance relating to new buildings and their associated public realm.
The document is available to view online at: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/buildingcontrol-environment/regeneration/linenquarter.aspx