Go-ahead for Belfast development
Plans for a huge new multimillion-pound development scheme in west Belfast have been given the go-ahead.
Environment minister Mark H Durkan confirmed approval for outline planning permission for the scheme, which involves the building of 450 houses.
A hotel, an education campus, commercial and business properties as well as new care, cultural and community facilities and recreation areas have also been proposed for the 34-hectare site on land owned by the Catholic Church at Glenmona, Glen Road.
The planning application was lodged just over three years ago by the trustees of the Down and Conor.
With Prime Minister David Cameron due in Belfast later this week for an investment conference hosted by Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Mr Durkan said the development, one of the largest to be approved in the city, would be a tremendous economic boost.
He claimed he was determined to clear the backlog of planning applications in Northern Ireland and deliver a system aimed at creating a better environment and stronger economy.
Mr Durkan said: "This scheme will breathe life into this area during the day and into the evening. This extensive range of facilities can be enjoyed by prospective residents, as well as encouraging people into the area."