Michelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)
Planning refused for new homes at Coast Road, Larne
Drains Bay, Larne. (Photo: Google Earth)
An outline planning application for a housing development at Coast Road in Drains Bay outside Larne has been refused.
The application was turned town at a meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday morning.
Councillors decided to back officers’ recommendation to refuse a proposed development of detached and semi-detached houses situated behind existing properties between 102 and 120 Coast Road.
The applicant did not provide any indication of the number of proposed dwellings.
Head of planning Paul Duffy told councillors the proposed development was “out of character with the established character of the area” and that any development on the proposed site would overlook rear gardens of existing properties.
Mr Duffy also reported that 75 objections have been received from residents regarding potentially “detrimental impact on existing character”, loss of privacy, impact on wildlife, loss of trees, noise and disturbance.
Insufficient waste water capacity was highlighted by NI Water.
Councillors were also told the proposed development would be “in close proximity” to grade two listed property, Hillmount House.
Agent Colin Logan reminded members that an approval by the committee would be “nothing more than being open to receiving further detailed design”.
He pointed out that residents’ concerns would have to be addressed.
“This is a challenging site but this is what we do as designers,” added Mr Logan.
Larne Lough DUP Alderman Paul Reid proposed that councillors accept the officers’ recommendation for refusal.
His proposal was seconded by party colleague Bannside Councillor Tom Gordon and supported by seven votes in favour of refusal and four abstentions.