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Consultation begins on redevelopment of Ballymena military base

Words: Roger Milne
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Northern Ireland's communities minister Paul Givan has launched a public consultation on the future of the former military training base at St Patrick’s Barracks, Ballymena.

The site, close to the town centre, covers 14.8 hectares and includes former military buildings and a parade ground.

A diverse range of uses are under consideration including mixed-tenure housing, leisure and recreational areas, civic and office space and facilities for community enterprise and knowledge industries.

About 150 new homes are in the mix as well as proposals for a new police ‘district command base’.

Givan said: “These proposals aim to breathe new life into this site through a varied mix of uses. The location of the site is quite close to the town centre so it is important our plans make best use of it and its potential to bring economic, social and cultural benefits to the whole area.

“The plan also takes account of travel linkages with provision for pedestrians and cycle users and proposed new transport roads which will open up wider access and the potential for future development opportunities.”

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