Antrim Construction Company Manse Road Development
7 February 2019

Approval for £11m investment in Newtownards development


Homebuilder, Antrim Construction Company (ACC), celebrates approval of £11m investment for 43 new homes in Newtownards.

The Ards and North Down Borough Council approved the construction of 43 new detached homes on Tuesday (5th February) evening.

These plans are set to create approximately 30 construction jobs and will also improve the layout of an existing permission.

Strangford representative, Jim Shannon MP, admired the developer’s approach to public engagement. Mr Shannon also welcomed the contribution that these family homes would make to the housing need in the town. He also advised statutory agencies not to hold up the approval process in the areas of housing need.

Antrim Construction Company Manse Road Development
A CGI impression of new homes in Newtownards

Following this approval, David Magee, the Director of Construction, stated:

“We are delighted to have finally achieved planning permission on this site. It has taken almost 18 months to secure approval for an improved layout, so we look forward to getting started on site.”

“We acquired the site with an existing permission but wanted to improve on the layout by replacing apartments and semi-detached houses with 43 detached family homes that are in demand area, and better reflect the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Mr Magee added: “We have welcomed feedback from local residents and support from local elected representatives and approached our design layout with the aim of creating a better more friendly landscaped open space. We have responded to concerns regarding traffic through a commitment to upgrade the signalised junction between Blaire Mayne and Manse Road.”

Antrim Construction Company Manse Road Development
A CGI impression of new homes in Newtownards

Adding to David’s comments, Jim Shannon MP said:

“This is a very welcome approval. ACC engaged early in the process addressing local concerns around traffic and improving the existing permission. However, their experience mirrors issues faced by home builders across my constituency, who wait far too long for statutory consultees to respond to planning applications.

“In this case, I supported ACC efforts to resolve issues between two departmental agencies, Rivers Agency and NI Water, which ultimately was an unnecessary delay that needlessly held up the approval of these new homes for some time. I am glad to finally see their permission secured and look forward to construction beginning and the employment this will generate for the local area as well as these attractive family homes in this lovely area of Newtownards.”

It is expected that Antrim Construction Company will deliver more than 100 new homes across Northern Ireland this year. The company recently started development on Belmont Hall, a development that boasts of almost 400 riverside properties on the outskirts of Antrim town.

The firm’s latest work adds to the existing developments that are under construction in Ballynure, Larne, Lisburn and Portadown. Established in 1966, Antrim Construction Company is the principal company in the Lady Hill Holdings Group.

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