Belfast’s Church Lane to be lit up with festoon lights

Belfast’s Church Lane to be lit up with festoon lights

Church Lane in Belfast city centre will take pride of place in the city’s nightlife sector after the council agreed it can be lit up with festoon lights.

he decision to light up the busy night time location, which hosts popular spots such as Muriel’s Cafe Bar, the Roost bar and Bullitt Hotel, came after an application by One Belfast Business Improvement District, who are based at the Scottish Provident Building on Donegall Square.


Church Lane, Belfast. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

Justin Kernoghan

Church Lane, Belfast. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

The application to Belfast City Council was recommended by council officers and was passed unanimously at a Planning Committee meeting on January 18.

The move follows similar lighting at the shorter Commercial Court, home to the Duke of York bar.

The application was neighbour notified and advertised in the local press, and no objections were received by the council.

A council report states: “The site is located within the Belfast City Centre conservation area.

“Overall, the proposal would preserve the character and turn up of the area, including the conservation area, and would not be detrimental to the setting of nearby listed buildings, facilities of neighbouring similarities or unhealthy to highway safety.

“The street is pedestrianised and consequently only used sporadically by some service vehicles.

“Given this, and the height of the lighting from street level, it is not expected that the proposal would block or impair views of any existing signage or cause any meaningful impact on road safety.”

There will be approximately 15 crossing centenary wires with two or three alternate festoon lights, 5.8 metres from the ground, hanging between High Street and Ann Street.

Light fittings will not be directly attached to any building.

The proposal includes wires attached to 4 to 8 Church Lane, a Georgian style Grade B2 listed building, which houses the Miss Moran Ltd tobacco shop.

Stormont’s Historical ecosystem Division offered no objections in terms of the impact on the setting of any nearby listed buildings.

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