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20/08/2015

Council rejects major housing scheme earmarked for university campus site

Words: Roger Milne

Ulster University is ‘reviewing its options’ after members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s planning committee agreed to refuse an application for a major residential development at its Jordanstown campus.

The university had submitted plans to build 600 new homes, shops and car parking on part of its current Jordanstown campus, following the planned move to a new state-of-the-art campus in Belfast.

The redevelopment master plan also proposed the retention of sports facilities, student accommodation and the FireSERT research centre at the Shore Road site.

But the council’s planners recommended that the scheme should be blocked after citing concern over the design and layout of the scheme, its environmental impact, loss of biodiversity and adverse impact on nearby listed buildings.

The committee was told: “The development as proposed would have a negative impact on the parkland setting at the university site, would reduce the level of planned open space and result in the loss of a significant number of protected trees at the site.”

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