Bid to halt plan for demolition of Edenmore

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Environment Minister Alex Attwood has been asked to consider listing an historic property in Jordanstown to save it from demolition.

Planning Service recently granted permission for the redevelopment of Edenmore on the Shore Road.

The house was built for wealthy solicitor and land agent James Torrens (1796 - 1884), and local historians believe it is of significant architectural and historical importance and should be preserved.

Over the years Edenmore has been a veterinary hospital, an RAF base and a hotel. But for the past number of years has been a residential care home.

Back in April, planners approved an application by Four Seasons Health Care for demolition of the property and the erection of a new 60-bed care home at the site.

But a spokesperson for Planning Service confirmed this week that “an individual” has contacted the Department of the Environment requesting that the building be listed - a move that could preserve the property.

“The department has received a request to consider the listing of Edenmore in Jordanstown. However, the department’s policy is that it will not normally list buildings when planning permission already exists.

“The request to consider listing was received after planning permission was granted. The Minister has requested a report on the matter,” she said.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has been asked to consider listing an historic property in Jordanstown to save it from demolition.

Planning Service recently granted permission for the redevelopment of Edenmore on the Shore Road.

The house was built for wealthy solicitor and land agent James Torrens (1796 - 1884), and local historians believe it is of significant architectural and historical importance and should be preserved.

Over the years Edenmore has been a veterinary hospital, an RAF base and a hotel. But for the past number of years has been a residential care home.

Back in April, planners approved an application by Four Seasons Health Care for demolition of the property and the erection of a new 60-bed care home at the site.

But a spokesperson for Planning Service confirmed this week that “an individual” has contacted the Department of the Environment requesting that the building be listed - a move that could preserve the property.

“The department has received a request to consider the listing of Edenmore in Jordanstown. However, the department’s policy is that it will not normally list buildings when planning permission already exists.

“The request to consider listing was received after planning permission was granted. The Minister has requested a report on the matter,” she said.