Barracks plan progressing

Members of the public had their chance to see round the former barracks in April and submit their initial comments on the future of the site. (Editorial Image).
Members of the public had their chance to see round the former barracks in April and submit their initial comments on the future of the site. (Editorial Image).

Work is progressing on the future development of the St Patrick’s Barracks site, councillors have been told.

The St Patrick’s Barracks site was acquired by the Department for Social Development (DSD) from the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister in September 2015 and since then DSD has been progressing the development with the support of Council as a strategic partner.

An update to Mid & East Antrim councillors’ May monthly meeting in Ballymena pointed out that Council will have the opportunity to shape the preferred option for the site but that the development process to secure outline planning is currently at the first of three stages - analysis, consultation and planning application - which should take up to mid November to complete.

Last month, a public Drop-In event on the future of the site attracted 110 visitors who were given the opportunity to take guided walking tours of the former barracks and to share their thoughts on its future use.