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Durkan gives green light for massive new development to revitalise West Belfast

Published on Tue, 8 Oct 2013 by
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today approved outline planning permission for a massive multi million pound development on lands known as Glenmona, Glen Road, Belfast.
The application, by the Trustees of the Diocese of Down and Conor, proposes:

- 450 houses;
- replacement of the existing care facilities;
- light industry and business;
-an education campus;
- hotel;
-a range of retail and community and cultural uses within a single shopping area;
-a variety of open space and recreation areas including playing fields on the 34 hectare site in the west of the city.

This is an Article 31 planning application i.e. one of such a large scale that the Minister makes the decision whether to approve or reject.

Mark H Durkan said: “This week many eyes will be on our Economic Conference in Belfast. This scheme will be a tremendous economic and social boost for west Belfast. It will regenerate this part of the city. This 34 hectare site is currently largely unused which is unheard of for a site of this size in Belfast.

“This will provide much needed housing for the area, both private and social. It will pump many and much needed new jobs into west Belfast. A hotel, education campus, local retailing, recreation and community facilities plus extensive areas of open space, will breathe life in to this area during the day and in to the evening. This extensive range of facilities can be enjoyed by prospective residents as well as encouraging people in to the area.”

The Minister concluded: “I promise to continue to make the right decisions quickly after I have thoroughly considered all of the issues. This decision is evidence of my determination to clear the backlog of planning applications and provide a planning system that can deliver. What I and DOE are about is a better environment and a stronger economy. This decision will certainly contribute to that.”

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application Z/2010/1284/O was submitted to DOE Planning and Local Government Group on 21 September 2010.

2. The applicants are The Trustees of the Diocese of Down and Conor.

3. The site is located on lands to the west of Monagh by-pass, south of Springfield Road and north of Glen Road, Belfast.

4. There are currently a number of care/support homes on the site.

5. The application was for residential use (mixture of private and social/affordable housing); residential institutions in the form of replacement support/care homes; business uses; light industry; local retail, retail services, professional services and community and cultural uses within a single shopping/commercial area; an education campus; an hotel; a variety of open space and recreational provision and associated infrastructure improvements).

6. The Department received one objection and one letter of support in relation to the application.

7. The application was designated one of major importance under Article 31 of the Planning (NI) Order.

8. The application was dealt with by the Department of Environment’s Strategic Planning Division.

9. For media enquiries contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9025 6058 or out of office hours call the EIS Duty Press Officer on 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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