Green light for over 40 new houses in Doagh

A planning application for 43 new houses in Doagh outside Ballyclare was given the go-ahead by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Monday evening.

An application has been approved for the development of 34 semi-detached and nine detached houses at Mill Road.

A report to the committee says that the site is a “large expansive agricultural field at present”.

Three letters of objection have been received from neighbouring properties and one letter of support.

Doagh. Pic: Google

Concerns have been expressed over potential traffic congestion, noise during construction and comment that “on-street parking within the village causes congestion”.

However, the report says that the “principle of a housing development on this site would be acceptable” and approval was recommended.

It states that although a concern over potential noise during construction was received from adjacent residents, it is considered that this is “unlikely to be significant due to the temporary nature of the construction phase and the council’s environmental health section has not raised any noise related concerns with this proposal”.

“Should there be any significant noise complaints received during the construction phase of development, residents may report incidents to the council for investigation.

“The congestion within the village due to present on-street parking arrangements is beyond the scope of this application to deal withand as such is not considered to be a determining concern in this instance.

No Objections

“DfI (Department for Infrastructure) Roads has been consulted in relation to the development and raises no objections to the proposed access arrangements or the parking arrangements nor have they raised concerns relating to congestion on the wider road network.

“It is therefore considered that there is no significant road safety, access, parking or congestion concerns with this proposal.

“It is considered that the density of the proposed development will not result in an adverse impact on the character of this area.”

Meanwhile. a residential development of 187 properties has been proposed for land between Station Road and Burn Road in Doagh.

This is being planned by developer Antrim Construction Company in two phases. The first will comprise of 48 dwellings and the second, 139 properties.

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