£14 million housing development which will provide jobs for 50 construction workers secures planning permission

The housing development is planned for this site on the Ballymena Road in Antrim. Picture: Google Maps

A £14 million development of 90 dwellings close to Asda and The Junction shopping complex in Antrim which will provide jobs for 50 construction workers, has secured planning permission.

Documents prepared for councillors on Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council in relation to a planning application said: ‘Information contained within the planning application indicates that this development proposal represents a circa £14 million pounds investment in the area,
will provide circa 50 jobs during the construction phase and during the operational
phase will generate £100,000 in rates annually.’

The recommendation from planners to councillors when the application was tabled at a meeting of the council in Mossley Mill this week was to approve the application.

And councillors did just that.

The plans involve a ‘Proposed residential development of 90 dwellings (comprising 19 No detached, 66 No semi-detached and 5no townhouses), garages, sunrooms, landscaping, open space and all other associated site and access works.’

The location is on lands 80m south of Ferrard Meadows adjacent and north of 41-45 Castle Park; 25-30 Massereene Gardens and 32 Massereene Gardens and west of Ballymena Road, Antrim.

The developer is Lotus Homes.

Following the decision, Committee Chairman, Alderman Philip Brett, said: “I am delighted that approval has been granted for a further phase of the new residential development being built at Ferrard Meadow.

“Antrim remains a much sought after location with a high demand for housing and it is great to offer more options for future residents.

“The scheme represents an investment of some £14 million by the developer and will help assist economic recovery by providing almost 50 jobs during construction.”

He added: “The application was processed in under four months and demonstrates the Council’s continued commitment to work positively with the construction industry despite COVID-19 and to process major applications speedily, something I would like to congratulate our Planning team.”

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