Dundonald Millmount Village development permission deferred over traffic calming concerns

An image of construction workers at Millmount Village.
-Credit: (Image: Matt Mackey / Press Eye)

Planning permission for homes that make up part of an almost 800 house development in Dundonald has been deferred amid concerns over traffic management.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's (LCCC) planning committee was presented with a recommendation for approval on the "revised" 26 house construction by 'Millmount Village LLP' this week.

An estimated £120m investment at the 90acre Millmount Village site has already seen two separate approvals for 483 homes in 2017 followed by 293 residential units in 2020.

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Council officers had recommended approval for the latest application.

However, committee chairperson Martin Gregg (Alliance) said: "Can we put in a condition that zero houses are occupied until speed bumps and traffic calming are put in place?
An officer replied: "If members are minded to do so. But they would need a reason.
"The previous application (for Millmount) was approved with engagement of the developer with the Department for Infrastructure. We would need to take some legal advice."
Following a 40 minute discussion behind closed doors, the committee chairperson proposed to defer the application "for more information on conditions for new traffic lights at junctions and the delivery of traffic calming measures".
Cllr Gregg added: "I do not feel comfortable approving this application without more information."
A vote agreed the proposal to defer with eight for and two against.

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