Developer talks to rebuild demolished private homes

Developer talks to rebuild demolished private homes

6 November 2019

PLANS to rebuild a number of homes demolished at the Hunters Mill private development in Downpatrick were discussed during a recent meeting with the Stream Street Residents’ Association.

Members of the group met with the developer, with the meeting arranged by local councillor Cadogan Enright.

The residents’ group has been working closely with Cllr Enright over five years on the issue of sinking homes which was reportedly due to unsatisfactory ground conditions. The homes were subsequently 

purchased and demolished by an insurance company.

Cllr Enright said he welcomed the chance to meet with the new developer to discuss his plans to rebuild and refurbish the Hunters Mills area.

“The meeting was held at the derelict site where much of the rubble from the demolished houses was still in place,” he explained. 

“At the behest of the residents’ committee, the new owner agreed to grind up rubble from the homes for recycling and make the site more presentable until planning permission for new houses is obtained.”

Cllr Enright said that any remaining wood on the site will be removed with the site screened off by a six foot fence.

The Downpatrick councillor said that “serious challenges” are still facing householders and tenants in the estate.

He explained that despite a ministerial directive to NI Water to repair and restore the sewer and water systems at the estate, the work has yet to be completed.

“Similar ministerial requests for such work in the the North Down and Belfast areas has been completed and I am seeking a meeting with NI Water officials on the Hunters Mill issues,” he said.

Cllr Enright added: “This particular redevelopment offers the opportunity for all parties to cooperate for the common good and for NI Water to fulfil the ministerial order.

“I would thank local developer Gary Laverty for his excellent work.”

Residents’ group chairman, Peter Smyth, said the developer was working closely with the community while awaiting to redevelop the site.

“He has shared plans for the new houses with local people. Rodent traps have been placed on the site and the upgraded fencing will have new green mesh to make the area look better”,” he added.