Michelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)
“Cramped development” – Apartment complex proposal refused in Antrim town centre
A planning application for partial demolition of buildings and construction of apartments in Antrim town centre has been refused by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
The application involves properties on lands to the rear of Market Square and development of 15 apartments on the site.
The committee was told at a meeting on Monday evening the site would be visible from the boardwalk along the Six Mile Water which the council is developing as a visitor attraction.
A planning officer said that the recommendation was to refuse the application as it “fails to preserve and enhance the character of the conservation area”, adding that it would be a “cramped development” and there was “not adequate provision for open space and insufficient car parking”.
The officer’s recommendation to refuse the application was approved with an abstention from Antrim SDLP Councillor Roisin Lynch.
The council’s refurbishment of Antrim Boardwalk has been allocated £130,500 funding from the Department for Communities and Department for Infrastructure for the first phase of work and the second phasewill be an extension of the boardwalk which is being advanced as part of theAntrim Levelling Up Fund Scheme.
The upgrade involves the removal and replacement of timber decking boards, new lighting and replacement of balustrade along the boardwalk and paved path.
The boardwalk links Antrim Castle Gardens and the town centre.
The council anticipates the renovation will bring more footfall to Antrim town centre.