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Unionists give green light to Orange Hall demolition

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Unionists give green light to Orange Hall demolition thumbnailDUP leader Arlene Foster enjoyed a walk through Limavady this week, joined by East Londonderry General Election candidate Gregory Campbell

A COALITION of nationalists and republicans has failed to prevent unionists from authorising the destruction of an historic Orange Hall in Limavady.
The decision by Causeway Coast and Glens Planning Committee paves the way for redevelopment of a site which officials insist makes a significant contribution to local culture and heritage.
Two DUP members, however, described the 1895 structure on Calhome Road, Limavady as 'an eyesore' before securing support of colleagues from both unionist parties and voting against planners' recommendation to deny permission for a replacement dwelling.
They were opposed by members from Sinn Fein, the SDLP and an Independent Republican.
The applicant was seeking permission to replace the abandoned Orange Hall with a house. Members were told a previous application to convert and extend the derelict Orange Hall had been approved. The developer had since decided the building had fallen into such a state of disrepair that the original plan was no longer feasible.

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