Northern Ireland

Carryduff shopping centre rebuilding plan approved

Carryduff Centre
Image caption The Carryduff Centre is to be demolished and rebuilt

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has approved plans for a major redevelopment in Carryduff.

The shopping centre in the south Belfast suburb will be demolished and rebuilt, along with 150 apartments.

The development is by Belfast property firm PBN Holdings.

PBN's bank loans have been moved into the Irish government's National Asset Management Agency (Nama).

That means that any immediate progress on the development is likely to require Nama's support.

Mr Attwood said he approved the scheme as he believed it would revitalise the area.

He added: "I am very conscious that there are concerns about the impact of the proposal on residential amenity but I have balanced this against the wider benefits of the proposed scheme.

"The economic, physical and social advantages will directly benefit many people's lives, while at the same time rejuvenating Carryduff.

"The existing centre has lost its initial appeal. This integrated scheme can bring life back, creating a retail living space, balanced and broad development."

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