Northern Ireland

Cultra residents object to construction of new mansion

A residents association has objected to the construction of a new mansion in one of Northern Ireland's most exclusive areas.

The Cultra Residents Association claim building the house on the tennis court and gardens of an existing dwelling at Circular Road East would breach the local area plan.

Planners have recommended that the 775 sq m house should get the go ahead.

The planning application was submitted by Silverwood Properties.

The Craigavon-based firm is owned by the family of the late industrialist Fred Wilson.

It was separately opposed by another local resident who claimed the development could lead to the cutting down of mature trees.

Circular Road is a leafy area close to the north Down coast where many houses are valued at well over £1m.