Computer generated image showing view of new development from Broadway Avenue.
A major planning application for Ballymena town centre has been approved by planning officers at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
The proposal was submitted earlier this year by Bryan Property Ltd will see the demolition of a number of existing buildings (83-95 Wellington Street and 112-126 Church Street) to make way for the construction of 20 two-bed apartments and two ground floor retail units.
The application follows the continuing trend of mixing retail and residential, and is sure to deliver further transformation in the heart of Ballymena where Wellington Street, Ballymoney Street, Broughshane Street, Broadway Avenue and Church street converge.
Aerial views of the site on the corner of Wellington Street and Church Street.
Image of new development in Ballymena town centre.
A number of the buildings on the corner site marked for demolition have been vacant for a number of years, including the former Ballymena Guardian offices and the Imperial Bar.
The planning supporting statement makes a case for the proposal saying:
"The application site is located within Ballymena Town Centre and will retain ground floor retailing whilst also introducing residential units on the ground and upper floors. The proposed design will enhance the character of the area and will complement the existing buildings nearby."
Computer generated image showing view of new development from Broughshane Street.
Inner courtyard views of the new apartment complex.
The planning design statement for the proposal concludes saying:
"Overall, we believe that our interventions meet all applicable planning policies and will extend the charm, character and usability of this place for years to come."
It is not certain when work is expected to begin with two businesses still trading at the site including Robin Adair Jewellers and Kennedy's Jewellery shop.