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Sinn Féin to meet with Planning body over Nelson Street concerns– Ní Chuilín

25 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 however will be meeting with the planning authorities to seek clarity on media reports that planning permission had been granted .

Speaking earlier Ms Ní Chuilín said:

“There are mounting concerns amongst residents and community organisation surrounding the proposed building of over 230 apartments at Nelson Street in North Belfast.

“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 yet only yesterday media reports had suggested that planning permission had been granted.

“Obviously this has caused upset to many who thought that the development would revert to the building of 66 family homes under the initial plan for social housing.

“Sinn Féin will be meeting with the planning authorities tomorrow in order to address these concerns. The fact that so many are against this development and are strongly behind keeping the spirit and make up of the local community intact cannot be ignored.

“I would hope that at tomorrows meeting many of the issues surrounding this controversial development can be cleared up.”

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