400 home development proposal on display

Belmont Hall development.
Belmont Hall development.

Proposals to build a new 400 home neighbourhood at Belmont Road, Antrim will be on public display at Junction One on Friday from 2pm-6pm.

This is following consultation feedback on an Environmental Statement submitted to Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council earlier this year.

The company has been engaging alongside elected representatives with residents and the Six Mile Water River Trust.

Ahead of the public exhibition both elected representatives Danny Kinahan MP and Paul Girvan MLA praised the approach by all involved that has ensured additional protection of the river.

David Magee, Director of Antrim Construction Company said: “The land has been zoned and awaiting development for some time now. Our proposal is to provide 400 new homes over the next 10-15 years. The plans include 353 houses, 47 apartments and a civic hub with space for shops and a crèche. Play parks and a pedestrian/cycle link through the development truly makes Belmont Hall ‘Homes for Living’. House building has simply not been keeping pace with these figures, but families and professionals are still seeking quality neighbourhood homes. Our proposals for Belmont Hall aim to meet a small fraction of this need. Having consulted with key local groups, including the Six Mile Water River Trust, our plans seek to preserve the natural beauty of the riverside setting.”

South Antrim MP Danny Kinahan (UUP) said: “It has been immensely satisfying to have been able to work so closely with both Six Mile Water Trust and the Developers of this project to ensure the fullest consideration has been given to the protection of the local environment and wildlife along this stretch of river. I would hope that this will set a benchmark for future development projects across South Antrim as it is obvious that when all stakeholders are involved in such projects it is the community and our environment that benefit.”

DUP’s Paul Girvan MLA said: “I believe that this positive approach by Antrim Construction to meet with elected representatives, residents and the Six Mile Water River Trust, show a change in how planning is developing, and has given all stakeholders the opportunity to outline their concerns, especially around the risk of flooding and damaging the environmental aspects of the river.”