Protecting Social Housing Land
We continue to support groups in the Lower North Belfast area who oppose the granting of planning permission to allow the University of Ulster to build a staff car park on a site earmarked for social housing. The area is one of high social housing need and groups are challenging the decision on the grounds that it is wrong in principle and contrary to planning policy for the city.
Falls Park Gate Lodge
We recently worked with communities in the Upper Falls area of Belfast to consult on and assess options for re-use of the disused Gate Lodge building in the Falls Park. One option is that the building be modernised and extended by Belfast City Council and managed by a community organisation as part of a wider programme of Park development and improvement.
Dunfield Residents, Derry
We are advising a residents’ association which is objecting to a proposal to develop housing in an Area of Townscape Character in the city of Derry. Dunfield Terrace is a viewpoint into the Historic City Townscape Area and the residents want planning policy to be fully applied to prevent development which detracts from the views into the historic heart of the city.
Capacity Building Support to Statutory Transition Committees
Under a contract with the DoE we are currently providing capacity building support and advice on Community Planning to officers and members in the 11 new council areas as they prepare for the introduction of Community Planning in April 2015.
Valley Park – A Better Park for Newtownabbey
In 2010 we undertook community engagement on the future development of the Valley Park on behalf of Netownabbey Borough Council. A £4 million funding package was secured and we are now facilitating consultation on the design of the Park which will include: an adventure play area; a synthetic pitch; and an urban park area with space for events and public art. The new park will be open in summer 2015.