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University urged to pull housing plan for campus

Published 07/07/2015

We call upon Ulster University to withdraw planning proposals for 600 houses on the Jordanstown campus site.

On July 2 a public meeting was held by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, during which we outlined in detail our objections to the proposals.

The scale and density of housing planned and the serious lack of consultation or engagement with local people is deplorable - especially considering the massive impact that this will have on the area.

A development of this scale is at least equal to a village the size of Glenarm, but with no additional services or infrastructure to deal with the extra population. Where are the children going to go to school?

Where are the medical facilities to be found to cope with this huge influx of new residents? How will local roads cope?

The university has undoubtedly made a significant investment in terms of its move to a Belfast campus, but Jordanstown cannot be made to pay for this without regard to the long-term impact of these plans.

We are strongly of the view that this proposal is inappropriate in size and density and we consider that it would leave a shameful legacy of Ulster University's time in Jordanstown.

Accordingly, we call on the university to immediately withdraw the application and engage with the residents to create a sustainable and beneficial development for the future.

STEWART DICKSON MLA and

ALDERMAN TOM CAMPBELL

(Alliance Party)

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