Council approves reopening of Jordan’s Mill car park

Jordan's Mill car park.
Jordan's Mill car park.

The council’s Planning Committee has approved an application for the reopening of Jordan’s Mill car park.

During their monthly meeting at Lagan Valley Island on Monday, committee members voted to permit the reopening of the car park on a temporary basis, for a maximum period of two years.

The Antrim Street site, which has been the subject of a protracted planning dispute, had been operating as a car park for more than a decade until the council served an enforcement notice on its owner earlier this year.

That move angered many local traders and members of the public, who have been calling for the reopening of the car park.

It’s understood committee members debated the issue for over an hour on Monday afternoon, with both supporters and objectors getting their chance to have their say on the application.

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn spoke against the application, while DUP MLA Edwin Poots backed the case for approving it.

Five committee members voted in favour of approving the application, while three voted against.

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