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McCausland announces new study to re-develop the Grove

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced that consultants have been appointed to study redevelopment opportunities in the Grove area of Belfast. 

URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited has been appointed to commence work on the Development Study for the Grove area of Belfast. 

Announcing the appointment, the Minister said: “This area of North Belfast has suffered from under investment for a number of years and this new study will act as an important first step forward for the Grove’s future development. Over the next five months the appointed consultants will work with a wide range of stakeholders to produce a report that identifies a model for development.

“I want to encourage local people in the Grove area to engage with the consultants to ensure the final report offers a model which meets local needs as far as possible. Any final model must be deliverable, sustainable and make a constructive contribution to the wider social, economic and physical regeneration of the Grove area.” 

The study aims to explore the development potential of a significant area of public sector owned land in and around the former Grove Leisure Centre on the York Road and identify a viable model for its development.

Notes to editors:

1. The study area will include the former Grove Primary School site and vacant land around Alexandra Park Avenue and Gainsborough Drive, as well as lands in the wider context of the York Road.
2. The Development Study has been commissioned by the Department for Social Development (DSD). The study area is available for digital download via the DSD website http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/grove-area-map.jpg
3. URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited has been appointed from a new consultancy framework to produce the Development Study for the Grove area of Belfast. Anticipated costs are £25,945.

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