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Firm building Coalisland ‘moat and bridge' houses also developed flood-hit homes

The new Moor Park housing development outside Coalisland. Picture by Skytask Aerial Imaging
Brendan Hughes

THE construction business involved in the new 'moat and bridge' housing scheme outside Coalisland was also behind neighbouring properties that have been prone to flooding.

Western Building Systems is the developer for the 30 new semi-detached homes at the centre of planning concerns on Moor Road.

The project, which features a water trench and bridge access, is facing council enforcement action over concerns that all the required flood-prevention measures remain incomplete.

Beside the Moor Park development is Moor Close, a cul-de-sac of eight houses that have suffered from significant flooding in the past.

Planning permission for the development was granted in 1996 and the applicant was Martin McCloskey of Western Building Systems, Mid Ulster Council has confirmed.

Mr McCloskey is both a director of Western and sister firm Jas Properties, which applied for planning permission for the Moor Park development.

Western Building Systems (WBS) has strongly dismissed flooding concerns over its new development, saying that it is awaiting approval from roads officials to complete flood-alleviation measures.

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The firm initially distanced itself from the Moor Close development when contacted by The Irish News.

However, when contacted again about the planning application that was submitted, the firm confirmed its involvement.

"WBS were the developers with GF Loughan and builders on Moor Close," a spokeswoman said.

She added: "I can confirm that all works on Moor Close and Moor Park were and are being carried out to all statutory regulations."

The new development near Coalisland has a trench for water and is accessed via a bridge. Picture by Skytask Aerial Imaging

 

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