Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn social housing proposal axed over residents' objections

Outcry: Paul Porter
Outcry: Paul Porter

By Jessica Black

Lisburn residents have thwarted a developer's bid to build social housing near their homes.

The application for 79 social housing units on Brokerstown Road was axed after more than 1,000 people signed a petition against it.

Dingles Builders had planned to sell the Brokerstown Road units to the Clanmil Housing Association. But residents said the development would bring anti-social behaviour and lower property values. The petition read: "These are very often people who have been removed from other areas… potential tenants of this calibre would prove extremely damaging to the area."

Brian Thompson, a community worker in the area, said residents weren't against social housing but had been put off by previous developments. He added: "The area definitely needs social housing - it's who's getting the housing that's the problem."

One petition signatory said the development would "destroy" their security, adding: "I am signing this because I purchased a home this year in the estate."

A further 181 objections were lodged with Lisburn and Castlereagh Council. Clanmil Housing Association said the area had a high demand for social housing. A spokeswoman said: "It is very disappointing that the development of these much-needed homes has been met with so much local opposition."

But councillor Paul Porter, welcomed the decision. He said: "There was massive outcry from local residents who bought their homes without knowing this might be an option."

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The proposal was put before the council's planning committee last week with the support of planning chiefs.

Belfast Telegraph