Housing development refusal ‘common sense’

A decision by planners to refuse an application to develop Lough View in Ballykelly - a site of more than 300 ex-army homes - has been welcomed by residents who say it makes “common sense”.

In November 2010, residents were stunned to read about plans by Dublin-based property group, Merrion to develop 19 two storey dwellings.

When the houses hit the open market last year residents made the headlines by camping out for a week to buy the properties they snapped up within 24 hours, many starting at around the £30,000 mark.

According to documents to be tabled at Limavady Borough Council’s planning meeting tonight, the Department has refused the application on various policy grounds.

Resident Peter Cuckoo said: “The Planning Department came to the right decision and we are all naturally happy. It is to go before Limavady Council this evening and hopefully they will ratify that refusal. We’re all pleased and hopefully this will be the end of it.”

Resident Caroline McDaid said residents are delighted now they appear to be getting the homes in the peaceful setting they paid for.

“It was a wise decision by the Planning Department because we feel the area is lovely the way it is. The support from all the other residents was amazing. Well over 300 letters of objection went in, which is great to get that kind of support from a small community. Everyone decided to get behind it and that was great. We do feel so relieved. Residents felt they were being cheated but now the application has been turned down it has been well received.”