Land occupied by Camp Twaddell loyalists is up for sale by Housing Executive

The loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue in north Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

THE plot of land that was home to the Twaddell protest camp in north Belfast is for sale.

Loyalists first occupied the site owned by the Housing Executive in July 2013, after the banning of an Orange Order march along a nearby stretch of Crumlin Road.

A deal between Orangemen and the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association to end the stand-off resulted in the parade being completed last Saturday morning, despite a protest by another residents' group.

Hours later loyalists moved in to dismantle the illegal camp, which along with nightly parades has cost in excess of £21m to police.

A half-acre plot occupied by the protesters was said before the dispute to have planning permission for 15 residential properties and an office building, with an asking price of £150,000.

The Housing Executive confirmed last night the land is officially for sale again.

"Land at Twaddell Avenue which is currently owned by the Housing Executive is for sale on the open market," the spokesperson said.

"The site is currently secured.

"It would be our wish to see the site developed as part of the regeneration of the wider area."

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