Car showroom plan opposed by families in housing need

The old Dunnes Stores at Hillview Retail Park in the Crumlin Road with plans to turn it into a car showroom and café.

FAMILIES on the housing waiting list, some in hostel accommodation for over two years, are to protest against the proposed commercial development of a north Belfast site they say should be used for social housing.

Planning permission for the redevelopment including a car showroom and drive through restaurant and café have already been submitted for the Hillview retail park on the Crumlin Road.

The seven acre site, which is privately owned, is currently home to a weekly Sunday market and car boot sale but lies unused for the rest of the week.

Dunnes Stores, who were the anchor tenants at the site left in 2008.

The Housing Executive have previously said because the land is privately owned there are no plans to build social housing at Hillview.

Killultagh Properties will today start a 12-week consultation on their proposals to develop the six empty retail units into a car showroom and a drive through café.

Families from the Equality Can’t Wait campaign however, are calling for homes to be built on the site.

Mother of one Kelly Mon, who has been on the waiting list for a home in north Belfast for over two years, said: "One of the basic human needs is shelter, not a drive through restaurant and a car show room. These things are a nice thing to have but not to the detriment of families in need of homes."



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