The application for a housing development at Gortmore Park and Ardane Gardens was formally rejected by Lisburn and Castlereagh’s planning committee on Monday night, after attracting significant criticism from the local community.
Trevor Lunn MLA said: “While I recognise the need for additional social housing in Lisburn, developing this particular site would have destroyed a scarce green space – a space valued by the residents and used by many different groups at various times of the year.
“I took the opportunity to speak to the Council’s Planning Committee on behalf of the residents, with around 140 of them attending the meeting to highlight their concerns. I appreciate the careful consideration given to this matter by the Planning Committee of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and am pleased the residents’ concerns were listened to.”
Councillor Amanda Grehan added: “The Lagan Valley Alliance office has not only lobbied for greater social housing provision, but works tirelessly to help all local people find lasting solutions to their concerns.
“I’m delighted that on this occasion Alliance was able to deliver the right solution, protecting an area that is treasured by many.”