Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Groomsport - Councillor Peter J. Martin

“Groomsport is not up for sale

Monday 6th February 2012

Today we learnt that after a long battle the proposed development on the Bangor Road, leading in to Groomsport has been refused [again]. The developer wanted to build eight apartments on the sea road into this picturesque town and residents had vowed to fight it every step of the way.

Today we learnt that after a long battle the proposed development on the Bangor Road, leading in to Groomsport has been refused [again]. The developer wanted to build eight apartments on the sea road into this picturesque town and residents had vowed to fight it every step of the way. Today they won another battle in what has become a long war. It has truly been through people power that the residents were successful. 169 people took the time to write to the Planners – today their voice was loudly heard. Effective lobbying by constituents won the support of some of the local politicians and today we have witnessed the outcome – the Planning Service have overturned their own decision and issued a refusal for these flats to the Developer. At an Office Meeting that I attended with all of our DUP MLAs in North Down the case was strongly put that Groomsport was no longer ‘up for sale’ and we have witnessed nothing short of a miraculous turnaround. To put this into context less that 5% of approvals get refused at this stage. It demonstrates that when people have an issue, and there is effective representation, all manner of things can be accomplished. I would like to pay tribute to all the people of Groomsport who took the time to write to the Planning Office to object to this proposal and to the decision makers at the Department who saw sense on what was such an important issue.

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