Would you like to see a hotel in Glenarm? – have your say

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Residents and businesses in Glenarm are invited to have their say on exciting plans to breathe new life into the coastal village.

A public consultation is now open, with members of the public asked to share their views on proposals to boost the economy, increase tourism and create jobs in the area.

The Glenarm Development Framework sets out draft proposals for three key sites in Glenarm: the seafront and harbour, former quarry and mill, and a former primary school.

All the land under consideration is currently owned by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The proposals detail three options for each of the three sites, including the creation of a hotel, five-star marina facilities, a waterfront promenade, recreational and sporting facilities, outdoor camping provision, water sports, and more.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has instructed AECOM to prepare a significant Development Framework for Glenarm.

“Helping to direct development and investment within the village, the framework will focus on specific council-owned land. Your input is an essential part of this process, so drop in to view the proposals or click online and have your say.”

Chair of Mid and East Antrim’s Economic Growth and Tourism Committee, Alderman Gregg McKeen, said: “Growing the economy is this council’s number one priority and we are doing our utmost to provide the best possible conditions for business to flourish.

“Glenarm has incredible potential and I encourage everybody and every business within the community to have their say and join us in playing a part in shaping the future of the area.”

Members of the public can have their say in a number of ways:

· Consider the draft proposals at Glenarm Tourism Office from Thursday 25 October to 8 November. Feedback sheets and post boxes will be provided for you to submit your comments. Glenarm Tourism Office opening times: 9:30am – 2:30pm weekdays, 9:30am – 1pm Saturdays, and 11am – 1pm Sundays

· View the draft proposals at: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/consultations

· Email your comments to: glenarm.consultation@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

· Send your feedback to: AECOM Planning, 10th floor Clarence West Building, 2 Clarence Street West, Belfast BT2 7GP

After the consultation period ends, all responses received will be collated, reviewed and considered.

Any future proposals for the council-owned lands will be subject to further investigation of the relevant planning, environmental, financial and ownership agreements.

The consultation process remains open until Thursday 8 November 2018.

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