Almost 500 new Coleraine homes set for planning approval

The proposed Newbridge Road development in Coleraine consists of 374 homes. Picture from GM Design Associates.
Gareth McKeown

TWO new Coleraine residential developments, totalling almost 500 homes, are due for planning approval next week.

The proposed developments on the Newbridge and Bushmills Roads in the town are set to receive the green light at Wednesday's meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council planning committee.

The Newbridge Road development, located on 46 acres of agricultural land, consists of 374 homes, comprising a mix of four, three and two-bedroom detached and semi-detached properties, as well as some two-bedroom apartments.

The plans, which also include associated access roads and footpaths, landscaping and public open space, are being brought forward by Mr and Mrs David McGrath. If approved, it would be one of the biggest residential developments in the council area in recent years.

In the planning officer's report it is recommended that the plans are approved, stating there will be "no unacceptable impact on existing neighbouring property" and the proposal will deliver a "quality residential environment".

The former R J Maxwell & Son's Spital Hill quarry on the Bushmills is the site of a 108-home residential development proposed by Dunmurry-based Farrans Homes.

The dwellings proposed are predominately two storey, but there are also some three storey split level properties and bungalows proposed as part of the scheme.

The plans for the 29-acre site comprise a mix of detached and semi-detached dwellings with garages, as well as car parking, a play area and an interactive wetland habitat.

The site is located within an area where there is a mix of development to include commercial premises, industrial units, playing fields, a school and residential dwellings.

Approval is recommended by the planning officer on the basis there will be "no unacceptable impacts on existing dwellings or proposed dwellings via overlooking, loss of light or overshadowing".

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