Alliance welcomes KFC plan refusal

East Belfast Alliance MLA Naomi Long has welcomed the fact that Planning Service have recommended the refusal of the application for a KFC drive through at the junction of Knock Hill Park and the Upper Newtownards Road. She is also pleased that the Council’s Town Planning Committee last night voted unanimously to accept the refusal. The planners changed their recommendation from approval to refusal following a meeting involving local elected representatives and residents.

Naomi Long, who supported residents with their objections, said, “I am delighted at this change of opinion by the Planning Service following the recent meeting between residents, local representatives and the Planners. It is a victory not only for local residents, but also for common sense.

“This was an entirely inappropriate application which, if it had gone ahead, would have impacted negatively on both the local character and the amenity of what is a predominantly residential neighbourhood. The most significant impact would have been felt by neighbouring homes in Knock Hill Park. The noise disturbance, lighting, traffic, litter and odour which often attend such developments could have had a very negative impact upon the quality of life of local people.

“Residents have run a fantastic campaign to oppose this application and, whilst the developer has the right to appeal any refusal, I am very pleased that the residents’ efforts have been successful in convincing the planners of their case at this stage.”


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