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Church plan will help meet housing needs

I WAS disappointed to read about the online campaign to halt the redevelopment of lands at Ballee by Green Pastures Church in the ambitious Project Nehemiah (News, August 6).

I welcome this project, particularly the building of much-needed social housing in the town of Ballymena.

People seeking social housing in Ballymena have a long and frustrating wait to obtain appropriate homes and this development will address a significant proportion of current need.

This land has been zoned for development for decades and people who live in the new houses will benefit from a wide range of facilities and have the advantage of living in an area with no historical social problems.

Indeed, when completed, it will be a blank canvas to work towards a new future.

The inhabitants of the existing Ballee estates will have the benefit of new services on their doorstep.

While they will lose access to the fields and the land next to their estate, they will have other benefits, such as new sports facilities.

It was only a matter of time before development would occur on this site and, while it is sad to lose the natural beauty of the fields, the town is in need of such a development.

I support Green Pastures in its visionary step of faith to address pressing social need in the Ballymena area.

CLLR JAYNE DUNLOP (ALL)

Ballymena Borough Council

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