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Not sure if this topic has ever been brought up here before, but it's a particular bugbear of mine and I'd like to hear some views/insight.

Incredibly, while we constantly bang on in NI about the tourist £ and the value to the economy, we're scandalously and horrendously inept at preserving what might be of interest to those same tourists, our industrial heritage.

Edenderry, being close to Belfast and a unique, self contained and (until recently), well preserved mill village, here was an opportunity to create such an attraction, a focus and showcase for our industrial history. It seemed like everyone agreed - sensitive and sympathetic development and tourist potential was all the rage in the endless planning reports, proposals and plans for the Lagan and surrounding area up until a few years ago.

And yet despite this, despite Edenderry having a settlement development limit, despite it being designated an area of townscape character, an area of local conservation importance, despite it being set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and despite the mill being recognised as a feature of the village (indeed the reason the village exists), it was pulled down and replaced with townhouses.

II've never considered myself a NIMBY, but was this really a good idea, or just another sad casualty of greed in our housing boom? What use are any designations or planning regulations if they fail at such a basic level?

Surely there can only be a few possible scenarios in which multiple designations, local objections and obvious potential can all be ignored....

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"Surely there can only be a few possible scenarios in which multiple designations, local objections and obvious potential can all be ignored.... "

Yes, if they're located in Northern Ireland.

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