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Durkan recommends plans to regenerate Glenarm

Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2013 by ecomms@doeni.gov.uk.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval for plans which will help transform Glenarm.
The plans include the sensitive conversion and sympathetic redevelopment of existing buildings and will include new housing along the waterfront.

Submitted by Larne Borough Council, it is the first part of their masterplan application for the regeneration of Glenarm

Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for the Glens and the Antrim Coast. This is a significant regeneration project for Glenarm, one of the North’s oldest villages. Based on a carefully planned and community led regeneration strategy, I hope the village will become an example of best practice for the economic and social revitalisation of other coastal villages.

“For Glenarm it is just the first step. My officials are also working on the other key element of the village masterplan submitted by the Council. This includes proposals to promote tourism, including a new harbour park, public realm works, a restaurant and a proposed hotel.

“In addition, and as part of the wider regeneration of the old limestone quarry which once dominated the village, new housing and a touring caravan park are also planned. Subject to ongoing technical studies, I hope to be able to announce more good news early in the New Year on these aspects of the scheme.

“Overall this proposal clearly links in with my vision for DOE to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This initial grant of planning permission will, I believe, mark a key stage in the road to regeneration.”

The existing buildings at the Eglinton yard in the harbour area will be sensitively redeveloped to provide small scale craft retail and workshop units together with a new cafe and gallery space. These units, some of which will have accommodation at first floor level, will look onto and enclose a new public space. This first stage of the masterplan scheme also includes plans for 24 units of new waterfront housing on derelict land just north of the Eglinton yard that is designed to complement the character of the village and benefit from linkage with the foot bridge over the Glenarm River.

The regeneration plans for the village have resulted from the innovative and pioneering ‘Enquiry by Design’ process facilitated by the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. This allowed over 180 residents of the village, local businesses and other interested stakeholders to contribute to the production of a strategy for the sustainable regeneration and growth of Glenarm which has significantly influenced the masterplan process.

Larne Borough Council Planning Committee accepted the Department’s opinion to approve at its meeting on 9 December 2013.

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application F/2013/0152/F was received by the Department in June 2012. The proposal is the Glenarm Masterplan Regeneration Scheme comprising:

(1) new build cafe and gallery replacing existing derelict office, retention of perimeter stone walls and change of use and redevelopment of existing long store to form 4 Retail/Workshop units at ground floor level and 4 No. 2 Bedroom Apartments above at Eglinton Yard together with new build waterfront harbour housing comprising 5 No. 2 Bed Apartments, 7 No. 2 Bed and 8 No. 3 Bed Dwellings (24 Units in total) on Lands North of Eglinton Yard and associated Landscaping and access arrangements (Full Application); and

(2) New Harbour Park and public realm works, restaurant incorporating public amenity facilities, retention of Whiting Mill as a 'consolidated ruin', development of 50 bed hotel, 15 Residential Units and temporary touring Caravan Park on former quarry lands and associated infrastructure works (Outline Application)

Address: Harbour area and former quarry lands in Glenarm including Eglinton Yard and harbour area at New Road and lands at Dickeystown Road

2. The applicants are Larne Borough Council.

3. There have been no objections to the scheme.

4. The full application was presented to the meeting of Larne Borough Council on 9 December 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 matters to be resolved early in the New Year. Work is continuing on the outline element of the overall regeneration scheme.

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