South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey and Councillor Michelle Bostock have hit out at plans to build 15 new apartments on green space to the rear of Annadale Crescent in South Belfast.
The application has recently been lodged with the Planning Service to construct 15 apartments directly behind and over looking the two storey family homes in Annadale Crescent. An earlier application for apartments on the site was rejected by the planning appeals commission in June of this year.
In a statement the Ulster Unionist representatives said,
“We are appalled that an application has again been lodged for this site so soon after an earlier application was rejected by the planning appeals commission. This is an area that has seen massive overdevelopment in recent years with apartments being built right along this part of the River Lagan changing the character of the area.”
“The residents of Annadale Crescent have already had to endure the construction of a five storey apartment block in front of their homes creating problems with parking, increased traffic, road safety concerns, loss of light and privacy. We had also rejected this application alongside the local community but our concerns were ignored despite meeting the Environment Minister at the time, Arlene Foster.”
Mr McGimpsey and Cllr Bostock concluded,
“We are calling on the Planning Service to reject this application. We must ensure that the local community, who has already suffered so much through over development is protected from the effects of developers greed and that the last piece of green space in the area is protected.”