Nearly 400 homes to be built in Donaghadee amid sharp upturn in Northern Ireland housebuilding
A Co Down landowning family has lodged a planning application to build almost 400 houses in Donaghadee.
It's expected the 390-home development will cost over £40m to build.
The 42-acre site between Newtownards Road and Cannyreagh Road sits to the south of Donaghadee Rugby Club and is owned by the Day family, who are landowners in the area.
The family is understood to have been behind a number of housing developments in the area, but this will be the biggest yet. As part of the scheme a new road linking Newtownards Road to the Cannyreagh Road will also be built. The ground is currently used as agricultural land.
The homes, designed by Belfast architect Kevin Cartin, will be Georgian style and will be a mix of detached, semi-detached, townhouses and apartments.
The news comes six months after Fraser Homes announced it planned to build 1,000 homes just a few miles away. Its £200m project is to be based to the east of neighbouring town Newtownards.
The application was lodged by Donaldson Planning on behalf of Nick Day.
David Donaldson of Donaldson Planning said it was likely the development would be completed in phases to match market demand, adding he expected the homes would appeal to a range of buyers in the housing market.
"It's a fantastic area with beautiful mature wooded areas and also in terms of amenities around the street. It's within walking distance of Donaghadee town so there's a lot of facilities on its doorstep," he said.
And he said he believed the area's road network and infrastructure could cope with large numbers of new homeowners.
"The area was zoned for development some time ago so the principle to develop the area for housing has already been established."
The Day family now lives in Kenya and put the Manor House in Donaghadee on the market earlier this year for £925,000, though it did not sell.
Their plans to build more homes in Donaghadee come amid a resurgence in housebuilding in Northern Ireland.
The number of new homes built in Northern Ireland rose by nearly 12% to reach 762 during the third quarter of the year, according to a report from the National House Building Council (NHBC).
New home registrations in Northern Ireland also showed growth during the quarter, up to 1,015 from 1,002 a year before.
Registrations were up 30% during 2015.