Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval to redevelop a former PSNI Station in North Belfast for housing.
Friday, 7 March 2014
The 0.7 hectare site is located on North Queen Street between the Westlink and Clifton House. The proposal by Apex Housing is to demolish the vacant PSNI buildings and remove associated security fencing and redevelop the site for 26 two-storey houses, car parking and site works.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is a boost for North Belfast. It will deliver 26 homes in an area of high housing need and bring construction jobs in the short term.
“The proposal will revitalise and enhance an historic area of the city, meaning that people can both live in and enjoy this attractive area.
“These houses will be in the vicinity of Clifton House, one of Belfast’s most historic Listed Buildings which is surrounded by an historic park, garden and demesne. The application includes a tree lined boulevard to the front of the site adjacent to North Queen Street which will create an attractive streetscape when approaching Clifton House. This will protect yet enhance this historically significant area.
“My vision is to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This decision will help do this.” DOE Planning consulted with Belfast City Council at its meeting on 6 March 2014 who raised no objections to the proposal.
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