BMAP finally gets the green light from Minister

The Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, has approved the adoption of the long-awaited Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP).

According to the department, the BMAP proposals for Newtownabbey will “enhance recreation and maritime pursuits and promote the major employment, retail, education and residential centres within the borough.”

“Ballyclare town centre is promoted as a focus for retailing and offices and district centres are identified at Northcott and the Abbeycentre. Major transport proposals include the Ballyclare relief road,” the DOE stated.