Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for a new £1million community centre at Glenariffe, Co Antrim.
The hall will cater for both the social and sporting needs of the community, in addition to providing facilities for Friends of Glenariffe and Oisin GAC.
The facilities will include an indoor sports hall with viewing area at first floor level , changing facilities, gym/fitness suite, multipurpose use room and kitchen.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is a real boost for Glenariffe as it will encourage the regeneration of this rural village. The development will make a significant contribution to the community infrastructure in the Glens of Antrim as it will help meet the needs of the community in a new, state of the art, purpose built facility.
“Decisions like this support my vision for a better environment and a stronger economy.”
The community centre will provide a much needed community facility following the unexpected closure of Bay Hall in the area. A 2012 survey found Bay Hall to be so structurally defective as to warrant its immediate closure. The community has been without a social facility since then. The proposal will also see a major upgrade of sporting facilities for Oisin GAC, through provision of the indoor sports hall.
Notes to editors:
1. Planning application E/2012/0222/F was received by the Department on 5 December 2012.
2. The proposal is an amended design following approval on 6 April 2011 of application E/2010/0345/F for a community centre at the same location.
3. The applicant is Friends of Glenariffe.
4. No letters of objection were received.
5. The application was presented to the meeting of Moyle District Council on 24 March 2014 with a recommendation to approve.