Belfast Telegraph

Plans for 53 homes in east Belfast expected to get council's approval

By John Mulgrew

Property developer Paddy Kearney looks set to get the green light this week for a new housing development in east Belfast.

The owner of Ten Square is expected to get the go-ahead to build 53 homes at Castlehill Road in east Belfast.

His company, Kilmona Holdings, is seeking planning permission for the development - made up of 33 semi-detached homes, three detached and 16 two-bedroom apartments - in addition to open space, landscaping and associated access.

The application was originally brought before Belfast City Council's planning committee, but was deferred.

It received almost 30 letters of objection, predominately around an environmental impact assessment and the "potential disturbance and loss of property value", according to a report.

But the development is expected to be approved at tomorrow night's Belfast City Council planning committee meeting.

Paddy Kearney is planning to develop a series of huge office buildings across the city over the next few years in order to help meet a severe shortage of top-end office space in Belfast.

These include a £55m office development for the city.

The Lanyon Central development, which would sit beside Central Station in Belfast, was given the green light in September last year.

It is due to be made up of four buildings, 14-storey and 10-storey office blocks, along with two smaller structures.

Belfast City Council is also offering up almost £19m to businesses to encourage the development of high-quality office space. It's now actively seeking proposals for its £18.8m City Centre Investment Fund.

The council said it "is seeking to invest in high-quality, substantial city centre office developments and has called for expressions of interest from companies who have secured planning permission for their projects".

Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister added: "Our city centre regeneration and investment strategy highlighted that the lack of grade A office space in Belfast city centre is currently a real barrier to growth."

Meanwhile, more than 1,300 homes could be built in Co Antrim along with a new motorway road link as plans progress with an ambitious scheme.

Developers have submitted a pre-application notice for the development of a new link road on the M1 motorway at Sprucefield and the Knockmore Road junction outside Lisburn.

The application has been made by developer Neptune Carleton.

A consultation is due to take place at the end of this month to gauge public opinion over the plans.

Belfast Telegraph

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