Over 20 new homes proposed at former Rathcoole sorting office

Connswater Homes has advertised for an architect to design a new development at the former postal sorting office site in Rathcoole.

The organisation wishes to appoint an architect and design team for the delivery of 22 units comprising 10 three-person two-bed apartments, nine two-person one-bed apartments and three two-person one-bed generic wheelchair apartments.

It also hopes to create a minimum of 22 parking spaces and a ground level amenity space.

In a statement issued to this newspaper, a spokesperson for the housing association said: “Connswater Homes is at the very initial stages of community engagement and design development.

Barna Square. Pic by Google.

“The site had previous planning approval for 37 apartments and we anticipate delivery of a scheme comprising 22 apartments with increased emphasis on private amenity.

“This scheme will be delivered and managed solely by Connswater Homes. Clanmil is our procurement partner.”

Clanmil Housing Group provides homes for rent across Northern Ireland and helps facilitate home ownership for people who are not in a position to purchase a home outright.

Macedon UUP Councillor Robert Foster sees the proposal as a positive development for the area.

Cllr Foster said: “I welcome the potential for new housing at the Barna Square site which has been vacant for many years. Any new homes which help address the chronic housing list are welcome.”

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In August 2020 the Newtownabbey Times reported that work had commenced on a new Connswater Homes development in the Milewater Road area of New Mossley. For more on this story, read here

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