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Minister must protect city’s green oasis

As a member of the board of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, I, along with residents of Edenderry call on Environment Minister Edwin Poots to rescind his decision to give outline planning permission for a developer to spoil the green oasis of Lagan Valley.

The draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015, published in November 2004, stated that developments within the Lagan Valley Regional Park will only be permitted if they meet all of the following criteria:

They are for a use appropriate to the character of the Park and the particular locality;

They conserve and enhance the landscape quality and features of the Lagan Valley;

And they are of a scale and design which integrates with the sensitive landscape of the Park.

The proposed development at Edenderry of offices, work units and restaurant, will intrude on the river banks, will have an adverse visual impact and a serious impact on the approach road.

Do we want to leave a legacy of brick and concrete to intrude forever on the pleasure of following the towpath along the Lagan?

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Alliance Party, Castlereagh