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City plan leads to concerns

By Lisa Smyth

Published 26/04/2008

Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers yesterday urged the Minister for Social Development to work with residents of the north of the city to ensure a regeneration programme meets their needs.

Mr Rodgers said he has spoken to residents of Brown Square, one of the areas earmarked for the scheme and they told him they have concerns.

Margaret Ritchie launched a draft regeneration framework for the north side of the city centre, which includes Royal Avenue where the Belfast Telegraph is located, nearby Carrick Hill and Brown Square.

Ms Ritchie said: "This framework has the potential to deliver benefits, including over 800 residential units, 20% of which will be affordable and social housing, and 1,700 jobs in the office, retail, leisure, restaurant and education sectors.

Including Brown Square, Carrick Hill and the Press/Library Quarters, the North West Quarter Part Two area is seen as important in regeneration terms as it connects the communities of northwest Belfast to the city centre.

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