The Planning Committee of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has noted the recent planning approvals granted by the Department for Infrastructure for a major urban extension in Ballyclare.
The scheme will involve some 272 new homes, the southern section of the town’s relief road, a local centre and a public park.
Committee Chairman, Ald Philip Brett said: “The council welcomes these decisions which now pave the way for delivery of the first key stage of the long awaited Ballyclare Relief Road.
“This scheme represents a significant investment and vote of confidence in Ballyclare by a subsidiary of the Neptune Group who have recently completed the Ollar Valley housing development just off the Templepatrick Road.”
The approved development will provide a road link between the Templepatrick Road and the Doagh Road and involves the construction of a new bridge over the Sixmilewater, a critical piece of infrastructure for Ballyclare.
It will deliver over 270 new homes for the town which is identified as a key centre for housing, employment and services in the council’s recently published draft Plan Strategy for the borough.
Ald Brett added: “I am pleased with the plans for this new development which will offer a wide variety of house types as well as provision of a new local centre near the Doagh Road and parkland based around the Sixmilewater.
“Ballyclare is a sought after area with a high demand for housing and it is great to offer more options for future residents, including those considering buying their first homes.”