Belfast Telegraph

Co Antrim scheme could provide 1,300 homes alongside new M1 road link

By John Mulgrew

More than 1,300 homes could be built in Co Antrim along with a new motorway road link as plans progress with an ambitious scheme.

Developers have submitted a pre-application notice for the development of a new link road on the M1 motorway at Sprucefield, and the Knockmore Road junction, outside Lisburn.

The application has been made by developer Neptune Carleton.

A consultation is due to take place at the end of this month to gauge public opinion over the plans.

A letter from planning consultants Clyde Shanks says "public consultation information sessions" are due to take place at the Premier Inn on the Hillsborough Road on September 25 and 26.

If the plans, which could include 1,300 homes on the large site at Blaris, get the go-ahead, it would be one of the largest residential property developments to be built in Northern Ireland in recent years.

A spokeswoman for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council said: "As with all planning applications, all proposed developments pertaining to the area are subject to satisfactory planning considerations.

"All planning applications for the area will be considered and decided on through the council's planning committee."

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Co Antrim around 600 new homes are to be built as part of a £100m scheme.

Nuport Developments is planning the huge projects in Larne, on the Ballyboley Road, and at the Ballyhampton Road.

It's now holding a public consultation on the plans.

The developers say around 120 construction jobs will be created during the build, which will take between five and 10 years to complete.

The development at Ballyboley includes plans to build around 500 new family homes which will include a mixture of detached, semi-detached, townhouses and a small number of apartments.

The second proposed development on the Ballyhampton Road includes 135 homes.

This week, it was also revealed that Northern Ireland's largest housebuilder, Lagan Homes, is set to tap into the huge demand for properties in the Republic of Ireland by entering the market next year.

The company, which is owned by Kevin Lagan and connected to the wider Lagan Group, is understood to have already held discussions with a number of parties regarding site acquisitions and operations.

It is believed the business will initially focus on construction in the Dublin commuter belt, where a growing demand for homes has fuelled soaring prices.

In June, the construction giant was given the green light to build 500 new homes at Millmount Village on the outskirts of Dundonald.

The developer's arrival in the Dublin market is likely to see it compete with established companies such as stock market-listed Cairn Homes and Kennedy Wilson Europe for valuable sites around the capital.

However, Lagan Homes focuses on building houses rather than apartments.

During the summer, Cairn Homes agreed to pay €107m (£96m) to buy part of RTE's Montrose campus in Dublin.

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