£20m Choice Housing development to provide almost 150 new homes in Carrickfergus

Choice Housing has today (Wednesday) announced plans to deliver 146 new homes on the former Courtaulds factory site in Carrickfergus.

The £20m development, which will be accessed off Minorca Drive, will also facilitate a public open space, landscaping and a children’s play area and is expected to be completed by March 2025.

The project will include a mix of accommodation to meet the growing and diverse needs of residents. This will include a range of two, three and four-bedroom houses with a number of these properties to be wheelchair accessible. Michael McDonnell, chief executive of Choice Group, said: “The population of Carrickfergus is growing and with it comes increasing demand for housing and other amenities to support this growth. This new development is forming part of this plan and the road infrastructure surrounding the development will be a vital element.

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“There has been significant investment in the Mid and East Antrim area, this latest investment of £20m further demonstrates our commitment to addressing the growing need for quality affordable housing in Carrickfergus.”

Unveiling plans for 146 new homes in Carrickfergus are, from left to right, Stephen Quinn, McGreevy Construction; Alastair McCaw, Choice Housing; Michael McDonnell, chief executive of Choice Group and Peter Byrne from MHS Architects.

The new development, designed by Peter Byre of MHS Architects, will also be supported by a much-needed upgrade in infrastructure to the area such as, roads, footways, and other services including ancillary works to include the diversion of an existing public sewer crossing the site and the installation of a new wastewater pumping station.

Choice is working in partnership with South Down developer McGreevy Construction Ltd to deliver the design and build. A series of community-led consultations were held leading to planning approval by Mid and East Antrim Council’s Planning Committee in 2019 and updated approval in February 2022.

Sean McGreevy, from McGreevy Construction, said: “This is a significant housing project for the Carrickfergus area which, following consultation with the local community will be a welcome addition. The 146 new homes will provide safe, secure homes for more than 560 people.”

The site once formed part of the Courtaulds Industrial Complex and part of the railway which serviced the production of salt in Carrickfergus, employing thousands of people from east Antrim and the surrounding area. The company closed its Carrickfergus site in the early 1980s.

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