Plans for 60 new homes refused

Planning Service has recommended refusal of two applications from MAR Properties for new residential developments in Ballyclare.

The amended plans for a total of 60 new houses at Craighill Quarry were turned down due to concerns over the potential increase in road traffic in the area and public safety issues relating to the former quarry.

Details of the decision were presented to the council’s Planning Committee meeting on September 9.

Supporting the planners’ recommendation, alderman Paul Girvan said the moratorium on new housing projects in the town due to the inadequate road network “might be a lever to get other developers to contribute to development of the road system”.

The South Antrim MLA said the long-awaited relief road linking Templepatrick Road, Doagh Road and Rashee Road, which was due to be delivered by Holm NI as part of its £400m ‘Ballyclare West’ housing project, was unlikely to be constructed in the near future.

“It might drive them (housing developers in the area) to work together and bring forward the road project and not just leave it to one developer,” he told the meeting.

“We would like to see new housing delivered, but not at the cost of people having to sit for an hour and a half in a traffic jam,” the DUP man added.