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Retail NI Comment on Tribeca Planning Permission

Commenting on last night’s Belfast City Council Planning Committee’s approval of the Tribeca application, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Retail NI is ambitious for Belfast and we believe that with the right support from Government, a bold new strategy and the correct partnership model, Belfast could be in the Top Ten retail destinations in the UK and Ireland”

“The key challenge arising from this decision is the Council and Tribeca continuing to engage with all the key stakeholders in the City Centre and Cathedral Quarter to ensure this project delivers for Belfast as a whole”

“The Cathedral Quarter is one of Belfast’s economic drivers and it vital that its vibrant arts and culture sector voice is heard”

“We want to see Tribeca, Waterside (Sirroco) and Ulster University and all the other new investments help contribute to creating a 21st Century city centre. Belfast city centre needs to an open and inclusive place, where all communities can continue to work, live, shop and socialise”

“Retail NI wants to see a big, bold and radical plan for a 21st century Belfast city centre which is family-friendly with more independent retailers, a vibrant living community and one that is above all else, a fun place to visit”

“Successful cities across the world have core high-density urban living with people walking or cycling to work. This shouldn’t just mean single people living in lots of high-rise apartments, but also families living in our city centre”