Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

For sale: entire Ulster street put on market

Residents in a seaside town have put an entire street on the market because they say they are fed up with over-development in the area, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today.

All five detached houses and gardens at Adam Clarke Gardens in Portstewart have been placed on the market by residents who claim their once exclusive neighbourhood has been turned into a "concrete jungle" after 18 years of new developments.

The case is being featured by the Belfast Telegraph today as part of a special new series entitled 'The Dark Side of the Boom', which examines the negative effects of the property market explosion in Northern Ireland.

The five families have formed a consortium to sell the properties, which were built in the late 1980s, as one lot with no set asking price.

Resident Rosemary Armstrong said: "We put it out there to test the market."

The move was prompted after years of opposing plans to develop the surrounding area. Adam Clarke Gardens is now surrounded by houses and apartments.

And it has emerged a retail development to be built opposite the previously idyllic cul-de-sac is being planned by controversial local builder Norman Menary, of N M Developments.

Mr Menary made the headlines recently when he pleaded guilty to assaulting his former mistress last year. He was ordered to pay a total of £2,500 compensation.

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