To develop or not to develop?

Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy has attacked proposals before Ards Council to sell off tracts of public land for development believing they will be “flogged off for apartments”. He argues that the loss of amenities, damage to tourism and coastal erosion mean the proposals should be rejected. The arguments for the developments are it will generate income for the Council and making more development land available will impact positively on housing affordability. Are the tracts large enough to have the impact on the housing market claimed? Is it not “tourists” who snap up such apartments? Or is it a local councillor trying to make a campaign to save a local playground into a bigger story?