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¤122m golf course plans challenged

AN ambitious golf course development beside the Giant's Causeway in Antrim has been temporarily knocked out of bounds.

The UK's National Trust has launched a legal challenge to the €122m project beside the UNESCO-protected area.

The development has been planned for 10 years but last year secured permission from the North's Environment Minister.

The development is supported by a range of golfers including Darren Clarke and is the brainchild of US-based Co Down businessman Alistair Hanna.

It was expected to create 360 direct jobs and 300 ancillary positions through suppliers and construction.

But the golf project has been shanked after the National Trust was granted leave last June for a judicial review. The National Trust said that the development in the protected landscape is "wrong".

"If this development is allowed to proceed, the message is being dispatched that nowhere in Northern Ireland, no matter how special or protected, is safe from development."