Ministerial approval for £400m housing and road scheme for Ballyclare

ENVIRONMENT Minister Edwin Poots was in Ballyclare this week for the official launch of the £400 million Westlands project.

The scheme will see the construction of around 2,000 new homes on lands to the west of the existing settlement over the next 15 to 20 years, and the creation of a major relief road designed to ease traffic problems in the town centre.

The Minister joined invited guests, including political and business representatives, at Readers Park on Rashee Road on Wednesday afternoon (February 16) to mark the official start of work on the new £25 million link road, and view progress on the first phase of the housing development.

During his address, the Minister commended the company behind the project, Holm, for their dedication and commitment in bringing the ambitious plan to fruition, and he welcomed the investment as a significant boost for the town and the local economy.

The developer behind the Westlands project, Kevin Lynch, and local politicians and traders, are confident that the new link road will help ease traffic congestion along Ballyclare’s narrow Main Street.

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