Wells ‘delighted’ at Warren Hill planning appeal rejection
DUP South Down Assemblyman Jim Wells has said that he is ‘delighted’ that the Planning Appeals Commission has refused an application for 26 houses on land to the rear of Warren Hill on the Warrenpoint Road outside Newry.
Speaking to Newry Times, Wells stated, “I am very pleased indeed to learn last week that after a 9 year battle the residents of Warren Hill have been successful in their fight to prevent the access for this large number of houses coming through this quiet estate.”
“The Planning Appeals Commission have now made it clear that due to the steep incline, narrow roads and inadequate footpaths Warren Hill is totally unsuitable to be used as an access for the proposed housing development. I have been campaigning against this proposal for many years and like the residents of the area I am relieved that it has been rejected.”
Wells insisted he was however concerned that the Roads Service originally recommended approval and it was only after the residents employed a roads engineer to survey Warren Hill that they changed their view on the application.
He added, “The residents are to be congratulated on the way they stood together on this issue and I know that they are very glad that their ordeal is over.”
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