Retail planning study commissioned for Belfast Metropolitan Area

Colliers CRE has been instructed to carry out a retail sector study for the Belfast Metropolitan Area.

Acting on behalf of the Department of the Environment, the study will help shape the new Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP) covering the six council areas of Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and North Down for the duration up to the year 2015.

The study, which will be for a duration of six months, will:

  • assess the potential need for additional shopping floorspace in the BMAP area

  • advise on how any additional floorspace should be phased

  • assess the vitality and viability of Belfast City Centre and the six main town centres

  • assess the role played by the retail sector and leisure sectors in sustaining vitality to the area

  • identify, where appropriate, primary retail cores in the main centres

Colliers CRE’s study director Dr Richard Doidge, said: “One of the main purposes of this study is to support and strengthen the distinctive role of Belfast City Centre as a leading regional shopping centre, in the context of a growing population and an expanding economy in the region.”

Bill Kennedy, Head of the Colliers CRE Belfast office, added: “We are continually seeking inward investment to the region, and the support and provision of retail and leisure facilities can only enhance this process. It is essential that the Region gets this provision right and we are delighted to be involved with the process.”

This is the second appointment of Colliers CRE by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland, earlier this year the company was instructed to undertake a major study of the office market in the Belfast Metropolitan Area. (MB)

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