UNAUTHORISED DEMOLITION OF BALLYCASTLE TERRACE
On the evening of Friday 14 December 2007 a series of fires took hold across a prominent late Victorian terrace on Quay Road in the lower part of the Ballycastle Conservation Area. The entire group was demolished without consent that weekend. The applicants had lodged an application to demolish and argued that the buildings were structurally unsound but a report commissioned by the Society from a structural engineer with extensive conservation experience found that the buildings were not beyond repair. A positive conservation–led approach is fundamental in conservation areas which are defined by their historic fabric and a swift refusal should have been issued. The Society and concerned local people continue to demand that the group be reinstated.
We sent a letter to the Minister, asking for enforcement action to be taken and to ensure accurate replication of the buildings. Frustratingly an apparent lack of evidence has led to a decision not to bring the case to court, but Planning Service can still insist upon accurate reinstatement.
Please send another letter to the Minister requesting this requirement for any development proposed for the site.