Belfast Telegraph

Concern after plans for 53 homes close to Stormont approved

Planning row two

By Rebecca Black

Plans to build 53 new homes on land on the border of the Stormont Estate have sparked fury among residents.

Planning permission was granted for the scheme to build the development of 34 semi-detached dwellings, three detached houses and 16 apartments on a section of land between CastleKaria Manor and the Stormont estate.

However, local residents have complained it is out of character for the area and are considering taking a judicial review of the decision to allow it.

They are set to gather at a venue in the area this evening to voice their opposition to the plans by Kilmona Holdings.

A resident who contacted the Belfast Telegraph said the area is known locally as "the dump" and while they welcome moves to improve it, they feel the proposed development is too big.

Belfast City Council's Planning Committee passed the plans last summer. However it received 15 representations over it.

These included concerns over additional traffic, flooding and drainage issues, apartments "not in keeping with local character" as well as a claim that there had been no community consultation.

A spokesperson on behalf of local people said they are "deeply concerned" about the potential impact on the area.

"We have serious concerns that the roads will not be able to handle the accumulation of traffic in this small locality and will make access to the already busy Castlehill Road doubly difficult," they said.

The spokesperson also claimed that residents had made attempts to contact the developer to voice their concerns and request dialogue to find a compromise, but claim that to date there has not been a response.

"Local residents are not in blanket opposition to development on this site, we oppose the current plans," they added.

"We stand ready to talk and to find compromise but should we be ignored we will continue to vigorously oppose this development with a number of avenues still available to us."

A spokesman for Kilmona Holdings did not respond to these claims from the residents by time of going to press last night.

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