Belfast Telegraph

Catholic Church selling 73 acres of Belfast land for development

An aerial view of the 73-acre site which is being offered for sale
An aerial view of the 73-acre site which is being offered for sale
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

A 73-acre west Belfast site earmarked for urban redevelopment is being sold by the Catholic Church.

The Glenmona site, situated between Glen Road and Upper Springfield Road and adjacent to the Monagh Bypass, is currently owned by the Down and Connor Diocesan Trust.

The Most Rev Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor and chairman of the trust, welcomed the announcement that the land has been placed on the market.

Funds realised from the sale are to be used to help provide ongoing spiritual and pastoral needs in Down and Connor Diocese, the bishop said.

He said: "The Diocesan Trust is now in a position to dispose of this substantial site for the wider benefit of the local community.

"The development of the lands will provide much needed housing, including social housing.

"It is prudent that assets not essential to the Church's mission are released."

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The site has outline planning approval for a major mixed-use development scheme.

It was formerly home to St Patrick's training school and is surrounded by large areas of agricultural land.

"This offers a unique opportunity for high profile regeneration of the area and to deliver residential development, both private and social with supporting amenities," Bishop Treanor said.

"It will also allow for improved access to the surrounding area and facilitate the development of the long awaited 'Glen 10' project.

"The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust which operates and manages, on part of the site, the children's homes formerly owned by the Diocese has made known its proposal to replace these homes within the site.

"The trust's proposal will be taken into account in the sale process. Approximately eight acres of land is being retained by the Diocese for possible future educational use."

Brian Turtle of OKT, the selling agents added: "O'Connor, Kennedy, Turtle are delighted to be entrusted by the Diocese with the sale of this strategic site.

"It is without doubt one of the most exciting development opportunities within greater Belfast to come to the market this decade, and we expect a high level of interest."

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