Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Councillors reject QUB development plan

Belfast city councillors have voted to reject a contentious development at Queen’s University Playing Fields during this month’s meeting of Belfast City Council.

Plans for the sports and housing project at Dub Lane, off the Malone Road, were knocked-back by the council who agreed with the Town Planning Committee to reject the development.

Residents living in the surrounding area of the sports complex have long argued that there has been little consultation with them over the proposal and, if given the go-ahead, would mean a loss of precious green space in the area.

The multi-million pound plan consisted of a new clubhouse, two new pavilions, two grandstands and a housing development comprising eight detached dwellings and six townhouses at the playing fields.

Jeanette McDonald, representing a group of 22 local residents, said: “In this area they are all bungalows that are in keeping with the area, but Queen’s is proposing to build townhouses that are not in keeping with the area.”

Councillor Bernie Kelly said: “We were concerned it would set a dangerous precedent for similar housing.” However, she added that she did not object to the sport aspect of the proposal.

A Queen’s University spokeswoman said it would continue to work with Planning Service and Belfast City Council in securing planning approval.

“The University believes that its £12.75million proposed investment in sport at the Upper Malone site is good for Queen’s, good for Belfast and good for Northern Ireland,” she added.

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