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Development paused near Co Down Neolithic cairn

The Neolithic Knock Iveagh cairn in Co Down

DEVELOPMENT near a Co Down Neolithic cairn has been paused for 28 days amid fears the 6,000-year-old site could be damaged.

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council last night agreed a 28-day stop notice on work at Knock Iveagh Cairn near Rathfriland.

A 15-metre telecoms mast was put up close to the hilltop cairn last month without planning permission and work on the installation of a 40 metre wind turbine has begun in recent days.

The turbine was previously granted planning approval, while the developer behind the telecoms mast has submitted a retrospective planning application.

However, campaigners have complained that development near the cairn risks destroying the site.

Former Stormont planning minister, Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard, tweeted last night: "Hearing that a 28 day stop notice has been placed on work at knockiveagh - this would be a good move at long last".

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