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Green light for new residential apartment complex in Ballymena

CGI image of new red brick apartment complex on street corner.

A planning application for a new apartment complex in Ballymena town centre has been approved at a recent meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's planning committee.

Members considered the proposal last week (Wednesday 5 April), which was recommended for approval by council planning officers.

Located on the corner of Springwell Street and Duke Street, the site comprising of a derelict building and yard, has been used in recent years for a car wash business. The application was made in the name of Galgorm Homes Ltd, whose director is Stephen McKenna.

A picture of a blue painted derelict building on a street corner with yard to the side and rear.
The current view of the site on the corner of Springwell Street and Duke Street.
Block plan for the site.

A council planning officer told the meeting that the proposal would see a "strong streetscape" restored to the area.

The residential development comprising of 21 apartments includes 10 one bedroom units, 9 two bedroom units, and 2 two bedroom disabled units.

The complex has been designed as a 3-storey building, to be constructed using red brick and modern grey render finish, with apartments designed to 'Lifetime Homes' standard - a criteria intended to make homes more easily adaptable for lifetime use at minimal cost.

Elevations of proposed development.

The development does not include provision for parking onsite. This issue was raised during the meeting by DUP Alderman Paul Reid, but a council planning officer responded saying the application satisfies the principal of encouraging greater use of public transport within town centres. The availability of a large car park opposite the site as well as local public transport links was also outlined.

Approval for the application was proposed by DUP Bannside Councillor Thomas Gordon, and seconded by Sinn Féin Coast Road Councillor James McKeown.


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