A £45 million Co Antrim retirement village has surprisingly received the planning green light.The north’s first retirement village had been recommended for refusal, but in an unexpected move Mid and East Antrim Borough Council planning committee ruled in favour of the Carrickfergus development yesterday morning.The 120-acre scheme, first unveiled by Kilmona Holdings in August 2017, comprises 361 residential units as well as a 94-bedroom nursing home.The Belfast Road development also includes a spa/wellbeing centre, medical centre, neighbourhood retail and a park and ride facility providing a connection to Carrickfergus town centre.As part of the plans, designed by Belfast-based Coogan & Co Architects, a total of 42 acres of the site is also to be developed into parkland, incorporating walking trails.The developer estimates that the cost of developing the site will be £45m and will create 300 jobs through the construction phase and sustain a further 100 jobs when completed.Kilmona project manager Alan Mains said they are looking forward to breathing new life into a site “badly in need of regeneration”.“A retirement village of this scale is a first for Northern Ireland and we can see in other parts of the world how they have proven extremely successful and have added… Read full this story
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