Public hearing to probe pig farm plan

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The council’s Planning Committee is to hold public hearings to discuss issues concerning two major planning applications.

At their meeting on Monday night, committee members agreed that pre-determination hearings should be held in relation to Ulster University’s plan to build hundreds of new homes on the site of its Jordanstown campus, and the proposed large-scale pig farm development at Reahill Road, near Mossley.

It’s understood the applicants, key consultees and members of the public will be invited to take part in the hearings, which will be used to examine and explore the applications in detail before they come before the committee for decision.

Redevelopment of the UU campus at Jordanstown Road/Shore Road could see 600 new dwellings constructed at the site following the university’s move to its new £250m Belfast campus, due to take place by 2018.

The pre-determination hearing into the residential scheme is scheduled to take place in the Linen Suite, Mossley Mill on July 2 at 6.30pm.

While no date has yet been set for the hearing concerning the pig farm application, it is likely to take place towards the end of the summer, councillors were informed.

The date and time of the hearing will be decided by officers and advertised on the council’s website.

The controversial plan has already attracted more than 400 letters of objection.

Looking ahead to the pre-determination hearing, Cllr Billy Webb asked that council officers bring forward “as much information as possible” about similar types of businesses, even if they are in “other jurisdictions.”

Given the strength of opposition to the application, the council’s Director of Community Planning, Majella McAlister said it may be necessary to restrict numbers at the hearing, but stressed that the local authority would endeavour to accommodate as many people as possible.

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