Ballyclare relief road update welcomed

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has said that planning permission should be approved for the next phase of the Ballyclare relief road scheme.

Ballyclare.
Ballyclare.

The proposed works are set to include residential neighbourhood, the northern section of Ballyclare Relief Road, local centre, central park and other open spaces, equipped children’s play areas and ancillary works.

The work will be conducted on lands adjacent to the north-west of Ballyclare including lands bounded by Cogry Road/Rashee Road north of Ross’ Avenue/Clare heights and north east and west of Ballyclare Rugby Club.

In a letter to elected representatives, the north Belfast SDLP MLA said: “I have considered the report and advice from my officials and I have decided that planning permission should be approved for the proposed development.”

South Antrim MP, Paul Girvan has welcomed the positive announcement.

Commenting on the move, the DUP representative said: “The decision by the Minister to recommend that permission be granted for the top section of the relief road in Ballyclare is a major step forward for Ballyclare and the surrounding villages. This decision covers the section of the relief road from Doagh Road through to Rashee Road.

“I have been working for many years with developers and government to help to move this much-needed project forward. The Ballyclare relief road is a much needed major infrastructure investment in the town.

“Traffic levels in Ballyclare town centre and Doagh have been a major issue for local residents for years.

“Along with the enabling works being completed on the southern stretch of the road, this announcement will push forward a project that has been years in the making.”

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