Belfast Telegraph

Rare chance to snap up £500k site at prestigious Northern Ireland postcode

By Michelle Weir

An unprecedented redevelopment opportunity has become available in north Antrim. The property is located at one of Ballymena's most prestigious addresses.

It comprises of two semi-detached and four mews houses and a site that have come on the market on the exclusive Galgorm Road with an asking price of £500,000.

Previously, the three-storey semis operated as Beechfield Guest House, a two-star accommodation.

Brian Turtle, partner at O'Connor, Kennedy Turtle, said that there have been two viewings recently.

He indicated that the property has been on the market for a few months.

"This is a unique opportunity to acquire a substantial block of property on Ballymena's premier arterial route," he said.

The road leads directly to the town centre.

Mr Turtle indicated that some modernisation is required to bring the main building up-to-date and it could be "quickly returned to hospitality usage or alternative uses subject to planning".

The two-storey mews houses are currently occupied but with a short-term lease.

A walled development site comes with full planning permission for a detached house.

Outside Ballymena, at a rural location in Kells, a 1.5 acre development site is being advertised for sale.

Priced at £375,000, the land already has planning permission for 20 new homes - five detached, eight semi-detached, three townhouses and four two-bedroom apartments.

Previously, the freehold site, located at 39 to 45 Church Road, had been on the market for £500,000.

Mr Turtle indicated that a previous sale collapsed and there are no offers at present.

However, he said he was confident that the site which is located five miles from Ballymena and six miles from Antrim would sell.

It is understood that agricultural warehouses had been located on the site a number of years ago.

The agent said: "The site is level in nature with extensive frontage onto Church Road, the previous buildings have been cleared to enable development."

Mr Turtle added that he believes there are no substantial housing development sites available in Ballymena town.

Meanwhile, the land lies within the limit of development in the current Ballymena Area Plan.

The agent said that the purchaser will have the benefit of full working drawings from Big Design Architecture. Further details on house types and planning approval are available on request from O'Connor, Kennedy Turtle.

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