Developers want to develop.
Their plans are to build many houses and hotels, carparks and roads in the middle of Our Lagan Valley Regional Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and SLNCI and Northern Irelands ONLY designated Regional Park. Destroying the green spaces we cherish. Due care and attention has not been paid to the Biodiversity and Infrastructure of our environment and we are therefore raising strong objection.
Putting more pressure on our already overloaded sewerage system and roads. With minimal public transport no local shops or schools this area needs care and investment.
This is the most recent of very many developments suggested for this area. The planning portal is broken. Objections are taking months to show there or are not showing at all and in the meantime the ‘planning process’ goes on. If we don’t speak up we will all lose what we all treasure and the green belt will be a sea of 1980s style houses and a barren desert bereft of wildlife.
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28.08.23 The site under consideration is unambiguously identified as a Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance (SLNCI) in position paper 8: natural heritage, dated November 2019, page 38 from LCCC. This classification warrants thorough consideration in the evaluation of the proposed development.
(SLNCIs) are identified as supporting habitats, species or earth science features. As well as making a contribution to the local natural heritage, they contribute to National and European biodiversity.
67+ Protected Species 21+ Priority Protected Species resident in and around a proposed building site along the Quarterlands Road in the Lagan Valley Regional Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Local Nature Conservation in Northern Ireland on the outskirts of Belfast. All the photographs and videos were taken by residents in and around the site.
See how exotic and marvellous the nature we have all around us is?
Don’t Bulldoze Biodiversity –
Videos by residents with ambient sound.
Photographs by residents with music.
HERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD SOME OF THE OBJECTION DOCUMENTs submitted by the QUARTERLANDS GROUP Since JAN 2022
We researched many aspects of planning in the Lagan Valley Regional Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and have submitted these documents to the planning authority.
The developers lodged a rebuttal document which you can see on the planning portal Q2 is our response to their rebuttal. It also contains interesting maps showing the designation of land over time and asks about Lagan Valley Regional Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty being changed and designated as building land.
In March 2023 the developers lodged more drawings with the planning office showing further changes to the boundary planting. The removal of part of the green at Hambleden Park and the movement of houses to facilitate further vehicle access to the land beyond the site. So we wrote Q3 in answer.
What We Want
No More Building in Lagan Valley Regional Park
Transparent Community Consultation
Proper and clear information to all residents affected by the developments.
Full Regard for Climate Change
All construction to be planned and completed in line with current technologies in light of climate change. Heating, water usage, insulation, transport etc.
Changes and upgrades to water, power transport should be covered in part by all new developments as they occur for the resident community and the wider planet.
Protection of our Environment
Protection of species and habitats to be at the heart of ALL developments.
DON’T BULLDOZE OUR BIODIVERSITY.
In Dec 2021 another developer dropped another planning application to the planners.
In late January 2022 the notification landed on a handful of local doormats. With less than a week to respond to the application one of our number asked friends and neighbours what they thought. None of them had heard about it. A group of us got together on Zoom to talk about it and decided that we needed to find out more.
Quarterlands.com is part of the finding out. We’d like to know what you think and to ask for your support to challenge the flurry of applications and building projects in the area.
We live in Lagan Valley Regional Park, in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we genuinely fear that we will lose what makes this such a lovely place to live if we don’t challenge.
UPDATE July 2023 the committee hearing was stopped at the last minute due to new legislation. The developer changed his plans and resubmitted, neighbours were not notified.
All taken in and around the proposed site.
Some of our group have been sharing this leaflet in the area to tell more of our friends and neighbours about what’s happening here.
Why Get Involved?
We have the privilege of the Lagan Valley Regional Park an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our biodiversity is rich. We have rare plants and animals, we have green spaces and watercourses which need our protection. Our infrastructure is in need of improvement. Our local amenities need to exist. We can see that developers are profiting and fear that local planning authorities may not be fully considering the whole picture.
If we don’t raise awareness and voices to protect and improve the area we will lose it for ourselves and the generations to come as it will simply continue to be built over.
What to do
How To Object
Write a Letter explaining your concerns to the planning authority.
Write your objection.
Quote the planning number
LA05/2022/0033/FEmail to Planning
Sign the Petiton
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Don’t Bulldoze Our Biodiversity
Quarterlands Group are residents of Lagan Valley Regional Park an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty south of Belfast.
We have rare plants and animals, we have green spaces and watercourses which need our protection. We can all see developers building across the park and zoning changes in what were once green belt areas. Profits are being made from our wild spaces, species are being harmed and lost. Environmental pressures from climate change are being dodged and we fear that local planning authorities may be missing the point.
We need to make our voices heard to protect what we have for ourselves and for future generations.
Please sign this petition and stand with your friends and neighbours to call a halt and a rethink.
Make Calls or Send emails
Our elected representatives should hear your thoughts on these matters.
Send copies of your objections to
Emma Little-Pengelly –
Robbie Butler (UUP) – email@example.com
Sorcha Eastwood (Alliance) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Givan (DUP) – email@example.com
David Honeyford (Alliance) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Gowan DUP – email@example.com
Uel Mackin DUP – firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron McIntyre Alliance – email@example.com
Alex Swann UUP – firstname.lastname@example.org
James Baird UUP – email@example.com
Visit the NI Direct Planning Portal and register your objection.
Copy and Paste this planning number to find all the documents and register your objection.