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The application, submitted by CYM Properties, details a residential development for 87 homes, an internal car park and landscaped gardens close to Belfast’s Westlink and Tates Avenue.

The application, submitted by CYM Properties, details a residential development for 87 homes, an internal car park and landscaped gardens close to Belfast’s Westlink and Tates Avenue.

The application, submitted by CYM Properties, details a residential development for 87 homes, an internal car park and landscaped gardens close to Belfast’s Westlink and Tates Avenue.

A planning application for 87 two and one-bedroom apartments has been filed for a site in south Belfast.

The application, submitted by CYM Properties, details a residential development for 87 homes, an internal car park and landscaped gardens close to Belfast’s Westlink and Tates Avenue. 

The development will occupy a brownfield site on 3 Milner Street and will be accessible via the Donegall Road.

It is believed Hagan Homes’ owner James Hagan is behind the development.  

In September, in an exclusive interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Hagan, chair and founder of Hagan Homes, said he would pull his business out of NI to work in the north of England and the Republic of Ireland.

The businessman, who has been operating Hagan Homes for more than 30 years and built more than 4,000 homes across Northern Ireland, blamed “lengthy, complicated planning processes” as well as “consultee bureaucracy” which he described as an “absolute nightmare”.

He said: “In general, we can’t get planning permission timely, and everyone is scared to stand up and be counted saying the same,” he said. “As from now on we will not be buying any more sites in Northern Ireland. We have started purchasing in the Republic of Ireland and northern England where we can get planning permission easier.”

Mr Hagan is one of the directors of CYM Properties.  The company’s new apartment scheme on Milner Street will follow Hagan Homes’ Seventy Six South development which is just half a mile away.

It is a collection of three-bed semi-detached homes.

At the time of its construction, Mr Hagan said he wanted to build in that area of the city to inject new life into “a once vibrant neighbourhood”.

He said: “We’ve always tried to build in working class areas... because we want to make a difference and we know there is demand and loyalty to those areas.

“We’ve built on the Donegall Road and the Shankill Road on the Peace Line, and they have sold and that’s because people want to stay in their own areas.

“I think we’ve remained at the forefront of the building industry by being true to our vision of creating developments that enhance local communities.”

Hagan Homes did not respond to a request for comment on the Milner Street application.


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