South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey today led a delegation of Carryduff residents to see Environment Minister Edwin Poots. Local residents are concerned about a proposed 4 storey block of apartments to be built on the former Royal Ascot bar site on the Hillsborough Road, Carryduff.
Michael has been meeting with residents and attending meetings with the planners in opposition to the proposed development due to the high density of units in a block that is totally out of character with the surrounding area. Residential housing currently on the Hillsborough road is 2 storey detached and semi-detached homes, leading to green fields and the Lough Moss Leisure Centre.
Speaking after the meeting with Mr Poots, Michael McGimpsey said;
“I joined with local residents today to voice my concerns to the proposed blot on the landscape that is being recommended for approval by planners. We met with the Environment Minister because we believe this application needs to be reduced to minimise the impact it will have upon the local community. Planners must listen to the views of local residents who will have to live with this development for many years to come.”
“Local residents are by no means opposed to any development on the site, in fact they would warmly welcome residential homes on the site; however they would like to see family homes in keeping with the other developments already established on the Hillsborough Road leading out of Carryduff.”
“We are content that Mr Poots listened carefully to our concerns and I hope that as a result, sense will prevail and this application will be reconsidered for something more appropriate to the area.”