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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Moore (Local Democracy Reporter)

New homes plan for hamlet in rural Co Antrim

Site location for new homes in Corkey.

Plans have been submitted for a new residential development in the hamlet of Corkey in Co Antrim.

The proposal is for 11 dwellings, relocation of existing parking spaces, changes to road layout, creation of new parking spaces, road works and landscaping.

It will complete the incomplete Kilwee Gardens in Corkey, partially built by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive around 30 years ago. 

Site location plan showing current housing.

Site location plan showing current housing.

Proposed plans for Kilwee Gardens showing new homes and parking.

Proposed plans for Kilwee Gardens showing new homes and parking.

According to the Design Concept Statement, submitted by planning consultants O’Toole & Starkey on behalf of Bernard Properties, the proposed housing “has been designed to reflect the established character of the area, with groups of terraces, and a combination of in-curtilage and on-street parking provided”. 

It adds: “Each dwelling is provided with a generous private garden area and appropriate separation distances have been retained to the existing, neighbouring housing. The layout also avoids existing sewers that run through the site, and all healthy trees on the site are to be retained and protected during construction.”

Kilwee Gardens currently comprises seven existing one to two-storey houses, arranged in two terraces – one terrace of four houses and another terrace of three. 

These houses are “utilitarian in appearance, with a relatively simple, pitched roof form and no ornate detailing”. They are finished in a white painted render with grey concrete roof tiles. 

Elevation of proposed new houses and bungalows.

Elevation of proposed new houses and bungalows.

The new houses will be a combination of chalet bungalows and two-storey dwellings with pitched roofs and finished in render with grey roof tiles, reflecting the appearance of the existing housing in the area.

The Design Concept Statement adds:

“Some detailing has been added around the porch and window openings to provide a more modern take on the traditional aesthetic, which will allow the proposal to integrate with the existing housing in Kilwee Gardens without appearing pastiche or dated.”

The application site currently comprises a fenced-in field, used for grazing sheep, with a number of trees sparsely scattered within it. 

The statement concludes: “All relevant policy requirements have been satisfied and the council are respectfully requested to grant planning approval.”


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