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Major housing scheme and relief road approved in NI

Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots has announced planning approval for a relief road and a major housing scheme for Ballyclare, a market town in County Antrim.

The £400m project will include 2,200 new homes for Ballyclare West in addition to the new road. Poots said: “This is a welcome investment boost for the area. The delivery of the long awaited Ballyclare relief road and associated housing will bring significant social and economic benefits to the greater Ballyclare area.”

The relief road, a developer-funded proposal, will include the construction of a bridge over the Six Mile Water and will provide a continuous route from the Templepatrick Road to the Rashee Road, providing an alternative route for traffic through Ballyclare and reducing congestion currently experienced in the town centre.

The development scheme also includes housing, the provision of strategic and local open space areas and local centres. The relief road will be built before the major housing developments.

Three separate but related applications have been approved. One outline housing application was submitted in 2006. A full application for the relief road and an outline housing application were received in 2009 from KPL Group accompanied by environmental statements. The applications were designated as major applications under Article 31 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991 on 31 September 2006 and 28 September 2009.

Read the Northern Ireland Executive news release.


Roger Milne

13 January 2011