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Green light given for new hotel in Ballymena

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has welcomed Ballymena Borough Council’s backing for a new budget hotel and petrol station in Ballymena.

The council ratified the Environment Minister’s recommendation for planning approval for the development of a 60-bed quality budget hotel and restaurant, park and share facilities, petrol filling station, shop and car parking including space for Heavy Goods Vehicles.

The project – estimated to cost in the region of £8m - is to be located on land adjacent to the Larne Road Roundabout at Ballee. Access to the park and share facility will be from the M2 motorway.

Alex Attwood said: “This is good news for Ballymena. This will assist tourism in the area, providing tourist accommodation in an area that is a gateway to Slemish and the Glens of Antrim and for those travelling to the North Coast. It will also provide sustainable and more economical transport options for local people – a plus for the environment.

“This is a significant development scheme which will benefit Ballymena and the surrounding area. It will create jobs during the development and construction phases, with more local jobs in the long term.”

DOE Planning consulted with Ballymena Borough Council who raised no objections to the proposal.

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application G/2012/0515/F was received by the Department on 27 December 2012. The proposal is for the erection of a 60 bed quality budget hotel and restaurant, a park and share facility, petrol filling station and associated shop, HGV parking and associated car parking, landscaping, site and access works on lands between Ballee Road East and the M2 Motorway immediately to the south of the Larne Road Roundabout and including 2 Liminary Road, Ballymena.
2. The applicants are Beechview Developments Ltd.
3. There have been no objections to the scheme, but the Department has received 2 letters of support.
4. The application was presented to the meeting of Ballymena Borough Council on 6 June 2013 with an opinion to approve in principal subject to the receipt of additional information primarily to deal with a number of technical issues. The Department expects these to be resolved within the next couple of months.

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