Jobs boost in new housing scheme
Up to 100 new jobs are to be created in Ballyclare after a new housing scheme was given the go ahead by the planning service.
The development of 159 new homes is part of a wider project to build 2,200 houses on land that incorporates the long-awaited Ballyclare Relief Road.
Planning approval was sought by planning and design consultancy Turley Associates on behalf of KPL Group.
It said that construction of the first phase and subsequent housing development will create around 100 jobs on the site over the development period of 15 years, with an additional 90 |people employed in the building of the relief road.
Turley also said it expects more jobs to be created at firms supplying materials and services for the project.
Clyde Shanks, director at Turley Associates, said: “This success is a hugely important milestone for KPL Group in seeking to deliver major growth to Ballyclare and enable it to develop into a main town as anticipated by our Regional Development Strategy.”
Kevin Lynch, managing director of KPL Group, added: “The early approval of the first phase of housing enables us to get on site and start to deliver quality, affordable housing that will complement the existing housing within the town and, with the construction of the relief road, significantly improve the existing traffic congestion within the town centre at peak times.”
The layout and housing in the scheme’s first phase has been designed by Northern Ireland architect Des Ewing and includes a mixture of two and three storey detached, semi-detached and terraced dwellings.
The scheme’s focal point is an area of open space centred on a row of existing mature trees and this is framed by a three storey crescent.