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Maskey welcomes planning for Glenmona site

8 October, 2013 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey has welcomed the announcement that outline planning permission has been granted for a development containing housing , educational and commercial facilities on the Glenmona site in West Belfast.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“This is a welcome decision. It has progressed to a stage that this scheme is now realisable.

“Work has been continuing on this project for many years now and consultation has happened involving myself, local community organisations and residents of the area.

“As a mixed development of over 34 hectares of land it will go some way to addressing the housing need within the west of the city while providing opportunities for education, job creation and tourism in terms of commercial properties, businesses, a hotel and an educational campus being included.

“This will help create many jobs in the construction stage but more importantly sustaining jobs after completion.

“We are now at a stage where I believe that further consultation is needed to ensure this becomes a first class site sensitively dealing with the long term development of this area and the community as a whole.

“We must, before moving to the next stage, ensure that the proper infrastructure such as road networks, sewage, transport and recreational areas are all adequate not just for this development but to compliment and enhance what already exists in the wider vicinity.”

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