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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Moore (Local Democracy Reporter)

Co Antrim | Plans submitted for new social housing in Portrush

Proposed new housing development

Plans have been submitted to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for the development of 17 social housing dwellings in Portrush.

The proposals are for eight two-person one-bedroom apartments, two three-person two-bedroom semi-detached houses, four four-person two-bedroom semi-detached houses, two five-person three-bedroom semi-detached houses and one wheelchair accessible single storey detached house.

All houses would have in-curtilage parking spaces and private garden spaces.

The proposed site is currently vacant green space on the corner of Glenarm Avenue and Glenshesk Park in Portrush.

Site location in Portrush, County Antrim

Above: Site location in Portrush

Site plan for proposed development

Above: Site plan for proposed development

According to the Design and Access Statement, prepared by Hall Black Douglas, the existing site has “a slightly sloping topography” and “proposed road and pavement gradients have been designed to provide a level access entrance to all dwellings”.

In addition, the proposed development “aims to reference the local housing typology of the surrounding built context, by establishing a streetscape rhythm of primarily two storey dwellings with pitched roofs”.

The proposed material palette aims to “be sympathetic to the surrounding built context”, with clay facing brick and concrete roof tiles forming the primary material palette.

Proposed new housing development

Windows and doors will be dark grey. There will be brushed concrete footpaths with asphalt roadways and crossing points in natural cobble stones.

The statement adds: “These homes have been designed to incorporate the latest building control amendments relating to conservation of energy and will aim to achieve an EPC A rating. Each dwelling is provided with roof mounted solar panels, high levels of insulation and air-tightness.

“Consideration has been given to the installation of heat-pumps as an alternative primary heating source and potential positions have been indicated if this is feasible. This will help achieve a sustainable and cost effective home for residents.”

“Careful consideration” has also been given to landscaping and species selection “in order to create a harmonious environment for residents”. Planting areas are “strategically positioned to soften the impact of hard surfaces and provide natural screening at the car parking area”.


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