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15/05/2020

West Belfast urban village proposed

Words: Roger Milne
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Housing developer the Braidwater Group has submitted one of the largest residential-led planning applications ever considered by Belfast City Council, with proposals for a new sustainable urban village on the western outskirts of the capital.

The scheme, lodged this week, comprises 656 homes, of which 550 units will be social housing and 106 will be affordable housing. There will be two care homes, a neighbourhood retail centre, a hotel, office and business space and children’s play areas. 

The proposals include a new bus service, cycle tracks and trails and thousands of new trees.

The location for this project is a 30-hectare site beside Belfast’s Glen Road, known as ‘Glenmona’.

The site has panoramic views over Belfast and beyond to open countryside, including the Mourne Mountains.

Finbarr Grogan, the group’s planning and technical director, said: “We have focused on sustainability, biodiversity and environmental factors, with plans to retain existing and plant over 10,000 new native species trees, adding to the wooded character that will last into the future.” 

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