Local Skip Hire and Waste Management Companies


A social housing scheme approved for Ballymurphy in West Belfast is to go ahead despite Stormont officials warning 34 of the homes might be vulnerable to flooding.

At a meeting of the Belfast City Council Planning Committee in February, elected members approved a proposed social housing/mixed tenure residential development comprising 122 residential dwellings, at lands north of Mill Race and Belfield Heights and south of St Gerards Manor, Ballymurphy. The site has access from Springfield Road.

However, at the City Hall Planning Committee this week, councillors were asked to reconsider their decision, after a report from Stormont indicated a risk of flooding at the site as a result of climate change.

Read more: Belfast people "passionate" about street trees despite complaints, council hears

A council officer told the chamber: “We were subject to final consultations with the Department for Infrastructure Roads (Division) and Department for Infrastructure Rivers (Division). DfI Roads provided its response on August 31 with no objections subject to conditions.

“DfI Rivers provided its response on August 30 and objected to the proposal on the grounds that a portion of the site is in a climate change flood plain, and the proposal is contrary to policy on climate strategy. However DfI Rivers have since confirmed that is advice for the committee to consider.”

He added: “In terms of their advice, they say that parts of the northern and southern ends of the site are at risk of flooding, from the adjacent Mill Race to the west, when allowance is made for climate change. The applicant has already modelled this impact in a flood risk assessment submitted in August last year, and they more recently provided us with a plan showing that 10 dwellings are affected in the south and 24 dwellings in the north - in total 34 out of the 122.

“DfI advises that the council may however approve the application where the proposal is considered to be of overriding regional or sub regional economic importance. It also advises that where this is the case a flood risk assessment and flood management plan will enable a proper assessment of the flood risks.”

The officer told councillors: “there has been no substantive change in policy approach since last year when DfI Rivers offered no objection.”

He said: “A suitable flood management plan can be secured by means of a condition, moreover, a range of flood resilience measures to protect the dwellings will be secured by means of a planning condition. And whilst it is acknowledged that some of the dwellings may be at risk of flooding, conditions would in this case provide appropriate mitigation, also having regard for the need for housing in this location.”

The officer recommended that the committee continue its approval of the application, and councillors duly agreed.

The site, which was formerly used for a school, will also have pedestrian and cycle ways, public open space, a children's play area, landscaping, boundary treatments, parking, access via the provision of a right turn lane, and ancillary site works.

A map indicating the flood risk areas at the Ballymurphy housing site, showing blue areas at either end of the housing scheme
A map indicating the flood risk areas at the Ballymurphy housing site

The successful application, by Eglantine Developments Ltd, Campsie Business Park, Eglinton, proposes 110 social rented homes and 12 'intermediate' homes. There will be a total of 114 semi-detached units, with the remaining eight units located within two apartment blocks. A proposed 2.4m high boundary wall between the application site and existing dwellings in Dermott Hill was requested by the existing residents.

A representative from planning consultant Clyde Shanks, on behalf of the applicant, told the committee: “In terms of methods to mitigate against any flood event, we put forward approximately ten resilience measures, that include locating electricity sockets at certain levels above floor height, additional drainage channels at doorways, moisture resistant insulation, resistant plaster board, water resistant PVC materials on doors. There are a whole raft of measures we can put forward.”

Join our new WhatsApp community today

Click this link or scan the QR code to receive breaking news and top stories from Belfast Live. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.

Ten letters of objection were received by the council. Concerns raised included impact on natural habitats, loss of open space, potential overlooking onto adjacent residential properties, road safety and the impact of additional traffic. The letters also raised issues of school capacity in the area, the impact on views to Black Mountain and the wider countryside, and lack of private housing in the area.

The council has stated that the development supports The Belfast Agenda, a community plan led by the council with the support of key institutions. One of the core aims of the Belfast Agenda is to support 66,000 additional people living in the city by 2035, and within this, 1,800 social housing units and an agreed city target of affordable housing.

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive are supportive of the proposal. It has stated that demand for social housing in this part of West Belfast is high, with 2,098 applicants identified as being in housing stress at March 2021. The projected housing needs assessment for inner and middle West Belfast up until 2026 indicates that 1,570 new social housing starts are required to address waiting list demand.

For all the latest news, visit the Belfast Live homepage here and sign up to our daily newsletter here.

Read full article on Northern Ireland

Recently Added Skip Hire Companies

Gings Ltd - Skip Hire and Waste Management
Skip Hire Wirral
Skip Hire Scunthorpe
Centro Waste
Trikon Clinical Waste
Sheridan Skips Lancashire
Sheridan Skips
B&M Skips
Skip Hire Coventry
Waste Management Services Company
Skip Hire Kent
Farnek Skip Hire
UK Carpet Cleaning Service
Skip Hire Wolverhampton
Skip Hire Woking
Skip Hire Wigan
Skip Hire Westminster
Skip Hire West Bromwich
Skip Hire Watford
Skip Hire Warwick
Skip Hire Worcester
Skip Hire Wandsworth
Skip Hire Walsall
Skip Hire Wakefield
Skip Hire Torbay
Skip Hire Telford
Skip Hire Tamworth
Skip Hire Swindon
Skip Hire Swansea
Skip Hire  Sutton Coldfield
Skip Hire Sutton
Skip Hire Sunderland
Skip Hire Stockport
Skip Hire St Helens
Skip Hire Worthing
Skip Hire York
Skip Hire Stoke
Skip Hire Warrington
Skip Hire Southwark
Skip Hire Southport
Skip Hire  Solihull
Skip Hire Slough
Skip Hire Sheffield
Skip Hire  Rotherham
Skip Hire Rochdale
Skip Hire Redditch
Skip Hire Redbridge
Skip Hire  Reading
Skip Hire Preston
Skip Hire Poole