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Appeal: Housing development necessary for retention of football club


Outline planning permission has been granted for 23 apartments on land belonging to Dundela Football Club in Belfast, after a commissioner accepted that the scheme was necessary to alleviate the club’s debts and retain the community benefits it offers.

The appeal site constitutes a sloping area of disused overgrown grass land beyond the club’s football pitch.

Commissioner Pamela O’Donnell noted that national planning policy ‘Planning Policy Statement 8 - Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation’ (PPS8) details that “presumption against the loss of open space will apply irrespective of its physical condition and appearance”, .....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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