Published Thursday, 12 September 2013
The Gaelic Athletic Association has received more than £60m from the Executive to upgrade the Andersonstown sports ground into 38,000-seater arena by 2015.
However, the ambitious plans have outraged local people who say the stands will be too big and too close to their homes - also raising concerns they could lead to traffic issues.
John Crossey, from the Mooreland Owenvarragh Residents Association, told UTV he thinks life in the shadow of the new stadium will be "unbearable".
He continued: "At the start of the whole process when we met with the Gaelic Athletic Association, we were told that it would be a bowl shape. It would be sunk in the ground and it wouldn't be any higher than the existing stand in Casement Park.
We think it's going to actually affect people's health
"We are able to live with that, there's only one stand on one side of the ground but now they're talking about putting a structure in that's going to be 129 feet 8 inches, in very close proximity to our homes. It's going to be overshadowing, it's going to be overbearing."
Tom Daly, chairman of the stadium board, said they made sure all information was available to the relevant authorities before planning permission was obtained.
He continued: "In relation to issues like parking and traffic management so on, one of the requirements in order for us to obtain planning permission was to ensure that all of the information in relation to those kind of issues was provided to the statutory consultees.
"These include roads branch, Department of the Environment, the police service and so on.
"They had full information available to them in relation to our approaches to dealing with those issues and all of that is contained in the planning application which is available for people to view publicly."
The residents group submitted a petition and letter of objection to the Department of the Environment against the redevelopment on Thursday.
Mr Crossey insists it is not too late for a public inquiry.
He continued: "Not at all, the minister hasn't made his decision yet and we're very hopeful that he'll in openness, in fairness and openness, and, as part of the democratic process, that he will call a public local enquiry and give us a chance to debate it with the GAA."
On Thursday night Stephen McGeehan, from Ulster GAA, told UTV Live Tonight that they were very keen to re-enter dialogue with the Mooreland residents.
"It's not too late. It's never too late to talk."
He added: "There are wider considerations than simply just the planning. The greater good has to be taken into consideration. We have a £60m investment from the government, £15m from the GAA itself.
"We're hoping to create 1,400 construction jobs - 75 of those could be local in terms of long term unemployed and apprenticeships.
"And we think, from the GAA's point of view, that's an opportunity too good to miss."
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