What’s Happening

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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Latest News and Stories

About this development the Lagan Valley Regional Park, Drumbeg and the State of Nature.

On page 53 of our Q5 document you can see the future –
Proposal drawings for developments of hundreds of houses in the lands beside this little development. 

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PLEASE NOTE

This what3words address refers to a 3 metre square location in the middle of our Hawthorn Hedge. Tap the link below or enter the 3 words ///clock.cool.actor into the free what3words app to find it.  (once there try clicking the satellite view)

https://w3w.co/clock.cool.actor

SPRING 2024

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 Our Biodiversity –

Videos by residents with ambient sound.

Photographs by residents with music.

HERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD SOME OF THE OBJECTIONs submitted by the QUARTERLANDS GROUP Since JAN 2022

Q1 (Quarterlands 1) : 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. This became known as Q1 (Quarterlands 1) or The Big Document.


Q2: 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 zoned?. 

Q3: 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. 

Q4: In November 2023 the developer submitted an ‘ecological report’ This is our response. Submitted to LCCC Planners 1.4.24. 

Q5: In November/ December 2023 the developers lodged hundreds more pages on the Planning Portal. We read and responded to particularly the Ecological Appraisal Report our Q4. The Developers Rebuttal to our points, we understand to have been written by a KC our Q5.

Quick Q is the bullet point summary of our objections before the Committee Meeting Feb 2024.

Q6: In February 2024 we also drew attention to questions involving human rights, equality impact assessment and serious concerns about procedure. 

Documents We have researched and written

Concerns Over Planning Application Process

Section 43 of the Local Government Act (NI) 2014 Dear Community, We wish to express [...]

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Footways and Footpaths, accidents by design??

Concerns on Proposed Development Site Design: Key Safety Points 1. PSD Maps for Review: Attached [...]

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FOI: re PDE further concerns

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FOI: Section 76

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FOI: Roads Further Concerns

We wanted to update you on our ongoing discussions with the planners regarding the proposed [...]

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FOI: HRA and EIA are different?

All the way through this process we have asked for an EIA – in the [...]

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PDE Enquiries Sent to NIW and LCCC Planners 19.04.24

Dear Sir Please find enclosed an FOI/EIR request in relation to the requirements and compliance [...]

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Drainage Assessments

The newest document from the Quarterlands Group is a set of comments on the Atkins [...]

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The Planning Portal 😤

For the accidental activists like us here’s a good one to know. It’s surprisingly easy [...]

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Q6 Matters of Concern

This planning application highlights so many issues around planning in NI in this case involving [...]

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We have seen the future Leaflet.

Based on our ‘We have seen the future’ post here. We have made a leaflet. [...]

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Letter 2 to LCCC Planners re: altered documents

On February 1 we sent Q4 and Q5 our new documents to the LCCC Planning [...]

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Q5-Key Objections

Quarterlands Group Introductory Comments and key points arising from the Developers submissions INTRODUCTION   Welcome [...]

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Summary of Main Points of Objection

Summary Quarterlands Group Objections to Housing Development LA05/2022/0033/F inside Lagan Valley Regional Park : Objection [...]

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Unwrapping an Unexpected Gift: A Little Holiday Planning Surprise

Hello, Drumbeg! Hope this message finds you sipping cocoa and wrapped in the cozy warmth [...]

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Here we go again

Re Advertisement: The Plans we are objecting to have been Re-Advertised on 10th November 2023 [...]

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Q3 – Revised and additional information

Showing NIEA concerns and addressing further submissions with changes from the developers

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Advocacy

We wrote to our elected representatives to ask them to speak on our behalf - [...]

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Q2 – Response to the Rebuttal

The developer added a rebuttal to our work to the planning portal and this is [...]

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Key Questions

This document draws together a list of the key questions in our September 2022 submission [...]

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Q1 – Main Document

Read our initial submission lodged against the planning proposal by us, the Quarterland Road residents, [...]

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Green veined white Hambleden

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About

What We Want

No More Building in Lagan Valley Regional Park

Without

Don’t Bulldoze Our Biodiversity

About Quarterlands.com

We are Quarterlands Group and have as our aim protecting the Lagan Valley Regional Park by conserving Heritage Hedgerows and grasslands at Quarterlands Road to promote a healthy environment and biodiversity.

We are a voluntary group of concerned locals and others with an interest in conserving the LVRP with no financial interest in the matter in which they seek to influence planners.

We have created this website so that other voluntary groups are able to benefit from the work we undertake in this area of LVRP.

 
Where it began..

In Dec 2021 another developer dropped another planning application to the planners at LCCC.

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.

Quarterlands Videos

All taken in and around the proposed site. 

If you are on an Accidental Activist journey Like ours

See this post in our Q BLOG

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OUR LEAFLET

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. 

Our Leaflet

River Lagan

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

Make your voice heard

SIGN HERE

Latest News and Stories

About this development the Lagan Valley Regional Park, Drumbeg and the State of Nature.

LCCC Planners Q Blog Water WwTW

Drumbeg Wastewater Treatment at Capacity

PE (Population Equivalent) and Drumbeg WwTw Capacity Concerns Wastewater Management Issues in Drumbeg The recent discussions on the Drumbeg Wastewater Treatment [...]

read more

Badgers Biodiversity Q Blog

Badgers

Important Update: Evidence of Badger Activity on Proposed Development Site We wanted to share some significant news with you. Recently, we [...]

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Documents LCCC Planners Q Blog

Concerns Over Planning Application Process

Section 43 of the Local Government Act (NI) 2014 Dear Community, We wish to express our dissatisfaction with the handling of [...]

read more

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Committee Meeting Postponed Again:

“`html An Update for Our Community We regret to inform you that the committee meeting we were diligently preparing for on [...]

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Hydrobrake

Reconsidering the Use of Hydrobrake Devices in Drainage Systems: Potential Risks and Maintenance Concerns Introduction: Hydrobrake devices are commonly utilized in [...]

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Not Infill or Sustainable

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read more

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Petition clears 1825 signatures

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The Magic of the Aurora Borealis:

A Glimpse from Quarterlands Road Nestled in the heart of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, Quarterlands Road offers a serene escape [...]

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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

1

Write a Letter explaining your concerns to the planning authority.

Write your objection.

Quote the planning number

LA05/2022/0033/F

Email to Planning
2

Sign the Petiton

Click Here and Sign on Change.org

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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 the petition and stand with your friends and neighbours to call a halt and a rethink. 

3

Make Calls or Send emails

Our elected representatives should hear your thoughts on these matters.

Send copies of your objections to
MP

Emma Little-Pengelly –
emma.little-pengelly@mla.niassembly.gov.uk

 

MLAs

Robbie Butler (UUP) – robbie.butler@mla.niassembly.gov.uk

Sorcha Eastwood (ALL) – sorcha.eastwood@mla.niassembly.gov.uk

Paul Givan (DUP) – paul.givan@mla.niassembly.gov.uk

David Honeyford (ALL) – david.honeyford@mla.niassembly.gov.uk

 

Councillors 

Andrew Gowan (DUP) – andrew.gowan@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Uel Mackin (DUP) – uel.mackin@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Aaron McIntyre (ALL) – aaron.mcintyre@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Kurtis Dickson (ALL) – kurtis.dickson@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

James Baird (UUP) – james.baird@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

4

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.

LA05/2022/0033/F

PLANNING PORTAL
Ladybird, photo credit: R McDade

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

Make your voice heard

SIGN HERE