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Council receives one of Belfast’s largest ever residential planning applications

12 May 2020

One of the largest residential planning applications ever submitted to Belfast City Council has been received by email today.

The applicant, private and social house builder, the Braidwater Group, has submitted plans for a £95m development of social and affordable housing on a 75 acre site offering panoramic views over the city beside the Glen Road in west Belfast, known as ‘Glenmona.’ 

Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Arder Carson said: “We’re delighted to see an application of this scale coming forward; and especially one which sets out a significant social and affordable housing offer, which is so needed in the city. Our Belfast Agenda sets out to improve quality of life for our residents, so this type of application is very welcome indeed.

“We’ve made changes to our processes – for example changing from paper based applications to applications by email – in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, and I’m delighted to say that our planning team is continuing to provide an excellent, professional and rigorous service – helping to keep the economy moving forward.” 

The application outlines a vision to create a new mixed-use urban village of 656 homes, of which 550 units will be social housing and 106 will be affordable housing. It also includes provision for two care homes, a hotel, office and business space and children’s play areas – all supported by public transport linkages. There also are plans to plant 10,000 new native trees, to create a tree lined linear corridor leading to an amenity and retail hub, along with cycle lanes and trails. 

A decision on the application is likely to be taken by the Planning Committee later this year. For further information, go to and

Belfast City Hall