A proposed blueprint for the development of Ulster’s capital during this decade should demand the attention of anyone who is interested in the city.
That is the view from one key business representative, now that the Belfast City Masterplan is out for widespread public consultation.
The vast, dense collection of documents effectively map out a vision for the city from the present day until 2020.
Aodhan Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium NIRC), said now is the time for interested parties to make themselves heard.
He said: “The reason it is out for consultation is that everybody who has a voice and has a concern or has an interest in the city should be responding to it,” adding that he is intending to do just that and that he would encourage others to do so.
It is understood the last time such a plan was drawn up was in 2004. This new plan is billed as an update to that one.
As well as broad, strategic statements, the masterplan also includes references to specific proposals.
These include a new public park on Ormeau Avenue, and the “use of space under fly-over to provide multi- purpose space for culture and sports” in the Cathedral Quarter.
The proposals, drawn up by Belfast City Council, were initially aired at a conference in May but now wider public comment is being sought.
In business terms, Mr Connolly was asked what he would wish to push up the agenda.
“Definitely car parking,” he said. “Car parking is something that time and time again we’re hearing from consumers - either that the car parking there is far too expensive, or that there’s not enough car parking to meet the needs of the consumers.”
While welcoming it, he added that such masterplans are not a “silver bullet”, and the general climate for business in terms of tax and other issues must also kept in mind alongside it.
The NIRC represents firms such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, and a raft of others.
The closing date for responses is Friday November 29.