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Nelson Street Big Picture Development plans must not go ahead – Ní Chuilín

24 January, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast and member of the Social Development Committee, Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the fact that the proposed development in Nelson Street by Big Picture Developments Ltd has been blocked by Belfast City Council.

Speaking earlier Ms Ní Chuilín said:

“The proposed development at Nelson Street by Big Picture Developments Ltd is shrouded in controversy. Initially the site was zoned for social housing and there was a plan to build 66 family homes there.

“It still remains zoned for this purpose but the company behind the plans has radically reduced the social housing element to 20% out of over 230 apartments.

“The initial plan has clearly been turned on its head with the involvement of Big Picture Developments,  in residents views to the detriment of the local community and outrage across the board.

“Last week, as the planning authorities put the proposal in front of Belfast City Council, the council saw fit, due to the high number of objections from residents, the Housing Executive and Sinn Féin to block the development.

“This is a welcome development that is only tempered by the fact that the planners may well resubmit the same plans.

“I would urge those behind the development not to do so, to listen to the community and press on with the original social development that the people of North Belfast want.”

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