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Fighting on: Jayne Briggs

Fighting on: Jayne Briggs

Fighting on: Jayne Briggs

A Lisburn family will appeal after a bid to rebuild from the ruins of their ancestral home was rejected because what was left did not look enough like a house.

William Briggs, whose family can trace their connection to the Ballymullan Road farm back 200 years, said it was "bureaucracy gone mad".

The family want to build a one-and-a-half storey home in the style of the original farmhouse, with stables incorporating the existing stone walls

Lisburn and Castlereagh councillors have now knocked back the application for a replacement dwelling because the surviving structure didn't have the "essential characteristics" of a home.

The house hasn't been lived in since the 1970s, when the roof was removed. But Mr Briggs said it was still their home.

He said: "We are sorely disappointed. My mum Jayne can rhyme off the generations and the history of who lived in the house."

He added: "We have not given up."

The planning committee had previously deferred a decision on the application so members could visit the site.

Belfast Telegraph