Members of the Chestnut Meadows Residents Association with South Down MLA, Jim Wells and the Green Party Councillor, Cadogan Enright, in front of the under-construction apartment blocks they are opposed to.

The Green Party are supporting the newly formed Chestnut Meadows Residents Association which has formed in objection of two large three-storey apartment blocks which are currently under construction on the adjacent Riverside Road.

Spokesperson for the community group Mr Tim Chalmers said, “The local residents are absolutely astounded by the scale and overbearing nature of these apartment blocks which are totally out of keeping with the area in size, form and finish.”

Mr Chalmers said residents were also concerned about issues such as sewerage provision and road safety.

Residents are also concerned over rumours that the developer is in negotiations about selling the site.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said, “Aside from the legitimate concerns of local residents about the size, scale and overpowering nature of what is being built, it must be said that the furtherest outskirts of the town on Riverside Road is not an appropriate location for social housing. This development seems to be going back to the old Craigavon days of putting vunerable people with no transport miles away from the social and commercial supports that they need.”

“This appears to be planning via the back door with no consultation with local people about what is proposed for their area,” concluded Cllr Enright.

Press Cuttings Residents object to Ballynahinch flats.