Tennyson welcomes protection of Citypark in Craigavon

Alliance MLA Eóin Tennyson has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn planning approval which was previously granted for the construction of a new campus for Southern Regional College in Citypark, Craigavon.

Mr Tennyson has said: “I welcome today’s decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn the planning approval for a Southern Regional College campus within Craigavon Lakes. The decision by councillors on the planning committee of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council to approve this application in 2019 was unwise in the extreme.

“I must place on record my tribute to the tireless efforts of campaigners and local residents who have worked hard to ensure the views of local citizens were heard and that the local environment and wildlife within this much loved park was protected.

“SRC and Council must now recognise and accept the large public opposition to the building of a campus at Craigavon Lakes and urgently turn their attention to finding an alternate suitable site within the area.”