THE Department of the Environment has
confirmed it enforced a Tree Preservation Order after the
felling of trees in the Harmony Hill area.
Residents in Skyline Drive said some trees
were recently cut down, even though they had been assured that
they would be kept in order to minimise the impact of the
Clonmore Manor development, which was completed in 2005.
Mr John Kelly, a resident of Skyline Drive,
said he was alarmed when he realised trees behind his house,
which backs onto Clonmore Manor, had disappeared.
He contacted the planning office and
Lisburn Council, as he knew the land was formerly
He said: "I was put in touch with the Mayor
of Lisburn Councillor Jonathan Craig who acted swiftly on my
A senior planning official visited the area and
was shown the site by residents.
Mr Kelly said: "The planners told us that
prior to May 8 the trees on the land at the old Harmony Hill
Arts Centre were protected by conditions attached to a planning
approval and any work done to the trees before that date could
be in breach of Planning Control.
"We were also told that a Tree Preservation
Order was served on May 8."
A spokesperson from the Planning Department
said: "I can confirm we were contacted by Mr Kelly and that a
provisional tree preservation order was already in place.
However two trees had already been removed and all work was
immediately stopped. We welcome the co-operation of everyone
The Mayor, Councillor Jonathan Craig, said:
"I was very alarmed when I was told that trees were being
chopped down. The building site was originally owned by the
Council and in negotiations with neighbours at the time the land
was sold it was agreed the trees would be kept to minimise the
impact of the development.
"The Planning Department should be praised as
they acted promptly. I hope the issue is now resolved."