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Property of the Week: Readers Park, Ballyclare

By Stephanie Bell

Work is due to commence on what will be Northern Ireland's largest new development, at Readers Park in Ballyclare next week.

The 165 acre site bought by London-based Neptune Group has outline planning permission for 1800 homes and full planning permission for 123 homes at either end of the zoned land.

Construction on the first 64 is now ready to begin in a scheme which will take 20 years to complete.

Neptune Group has a firm footprint in the property market in Northern Ireland, having a construction pipeline of almost 4,000 residential units across the province.

The group is currently developing the old Belvoir Park Hospital site in south Belfast - the first phase was released last April and was sold out immediately.

Speaking about the development, Neptune Group director Creighton Boyd said: "There is a real demand for high quality homes in Northern Ireland and we're delighted to be supplying such a large number in order to help meet this demand.

"We pride ourselves on building homes to a high standard both in terms of design and quality, and we're very much looking forward to beginning work and ensuring each new home has the Neptune stamp of approval."

Creighton continued: "We are also planning for the future construction of a further 59 units which will be situated on the Templepatrick Road.

"We've had positive engagement with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to date with regards to the new 'Ballyclare Relief Road' which will run through our land ownership and how that can be brought forward in a timely fashion.

"During the lifespan of this scheme we are committed to working closely with the local community and elected representatives to ensure that the 165 acres of development land at Ballyclare realises its full potential and becomes a valued asset to the area."

Leading local estate agent Simon Brien Residential will be managing the sales of the homes.

He said: "There's been a shortage of premier new high quality housing schemes in Co Antrim over the past 10 years. With the scale and quality of finish of the new Readers Park, we're confident that Neptune Group will create a destination and a range of prestigious homes that will attract buyers, not only from the local Ballyclare area, but also from the wider Co Antrim region and further afield."

The first phase is due to be released next Friday, May 27.

On offer will be a range of three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached homes.

The houses will be finished to a high standard, with full turnkey interiors.

Gardens will be landscaped with turfed lawns at the front, and rear gardens will be seeded and will include patio areas and paths, plus a private driveway. There will be external lighting at the front and back, plus an outside water tap.

Inside, all the properties will be painted and include some nice finishing touches such as a wood-burning cassette stove in the living room and energy efficient LED downlights in most rooms.

Modern technology will see the homes equipped with multi-room wiring for TVs and each house will be broadband and Wi-Fi ready. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will be standard and the properties will be prewired for a security alarm.

Heating will be gas fired and you can expect an energy efficient boiler which provides instant hot water.

You will have a choice of door colour and worktops for your kitchen which will come with a full range of integrated appliances including a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and combined washer/dryer. In properties where there are utility rooms, these will also be finished with a choice of units and a sink, plus any integrated appliances relocated from the kitchen.

Bathrooms and en suites will come with contemporary white sanitary ware with chrome fittings, and there will be an added a touch of quality with vanity units, anti-steam illuminated mirrors with sensor switches and chrome towel radiators.

Carpets will be laid in the living rooms, dining rooms, stairs, landing and bedrooms, with tiled flooring in the kitchen/dining rooms, WCs, utility rooms, bathrooms and en suites. There is also the option of having a sun room built on to your new house which will be finished with a tiled floor and power and TV points.

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