Willowbrook site in Newtownabbey on market for £2.25m
A development in Newtownabbey known as Willowbrook which could provide much-needed housing for the area, has gone on the market for £2.25m.
The 10.5 acre site features a single-storey data centre on land sloping down from the A2 Shore Road dual carriageway towards Belfast Lough.
The data centre - which used to belong to Ulster Bank - is a block shape with a flat roof, and inside has a central computer room, with offices, kitchen facilities and a canteen.
It had been snapped up around three years ago by Willowbrook Healthcare Ltd - a private health business which ultimately did not carry out its plans for the site and has now put it back on the market.
Agents Lambert Smith Hampton said the site was now suitable for residential development, subject to planning.
According to LSH's brochure, the property has a "fantastic elevated position overlooking Belfast Lough".
"The location benefits from excellent road infrastructure with M2 and M5 motorway networks connecting the property with both the north and south of the province," it added.
"Furthermore, Whiteabbey train station is approximately five minutes walk from the subject.
"The property sits immediately opposite the Northern Regional College (NRC), with the surrounding area made up of low-density private residential housing."
Stuart Draffin from Lambert Smith Hampton said: "It is a beautiful site with uninterrupted views and 180m frontage to the Irish Sea.
"It's very rare that a development of this kind comes onto the market."
DUP councillor Paul Hamill said few major sites come on the market around Newtownabbey.
"The area does need more housing," he said.
Willowbrook site goes on market for £2.25m