Casement Park redevelopment gets green light

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Casement Park redevelopment gets green light

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced she is recommending planning approval be granted for the redevelopment of Casement Park.

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More than ten years have passed since the Casement Park project was first announced but setbacks have delayed the plan to bring a major new stadium to Ulster time and time again.

Planning approval for a 38,000 capacity stadium was granted in 2013, but those plans were thrown into disarray when a year later a legal challenge brought by some residents quashed the planned development.

A fresh planning application was submitted in February 2017 with a reduced capacity of just over 34,000

It is more than seven years since Casement Park last hosted a GAA mach, with Infrastructure Minister Mallon announcing that she had “carefully considered” all of the representations at stake and that it had been a “complex application”.

“I have carefully considered all of the representations and I believe this will be a landmark stadium, it will be transformative for gaelic games, it will be transformative in terms of the economy of west Belfast and Belfast more generally and I believe it will be truly transformational in sporting terms, in social terms, in economic terms for the whole of Ulster.”

 

 

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