05/11/2020

Plans Refused To Develop High Rise Office Blocks In Belfast

Planning permission has been refused to develop high rise office blocks in Belfast.

Sinn Féin MLA Deirdre Hargey has welcomed the decision and said it is a "victory for the market community".

She said: "These office blocks, if constructed, would have towered over our local community. They would have been detrimental to the quality of life of the Market community and a complete erosion of our privacy.
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"This decision follows the years of organising and tireless campaigning by the local community in the Market.

"We took to the streets, we went to court, we went to council to fight this development and we have been vindicated.

"This decision shows that community and political activism works, street action and campaigning works. It is a victory for the people.

"The site of the proposed office blocks has been zoned for housing since 2014. It is now long overdue that work is undertaken to ensure the site is used for the benefit of our communities."

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