Northern Ireland

Residents protest at council meeting over Bangor flats

bangor development protest
Image caption Residents are opposed to plans for a five-story building with 32 apartments

Around sixty people held a protest outside a North Down Council meeting on Tuesday evening over a proposed development in Bangor town centre.

The local residents are opposed to plans for a five-story building with 32 apartments on the site of an existing car-showroom.

Planning permission was to be rubber-stamped at the council meeting.

Councillors have decided to postpone a final decision until further discussions are held.

Green Party assembly member and councillor Stephen Agnew said it was "the wrong type of development for the area".

"It is too much. It is over development," he said.

"Visually it is unsympathetic with the area, but I think one of the biggest issues is the parking issue.

"It is already a major problem in Bangor town centre and this is only going to make it worse."