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Go-ahead for Lisburn urban village and mixed-use scheme

Words: Roger Milne
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Masterplans for a large mixed-use development comprising a 1,300-home urban village and 69,677 square metres of commercial floor space at Lisburn near the M1 motorway were approved this week.

Lisburn City and Castlereagh City Council gave its approval to developer Neptune Carleton LLP.

Central to the decision was the developer’s proposal to build what is known locally as the ‘Knockmore Link Road’. This will connect the Moira Road at the junction with the Knockmore Road to the motorway at junction 8. The project will cost £13 million.

The development will occupy 112 hectares of land either side of the Maze/Long Kesh site, Balmoral Park and in the vicinity of Blaris. The area is zoned for employment uses in existing development plans.

The proposed new neighbourhood will also see the creation of a riverside park alongside the Lagan, with attractive landscaped and woodland walkways connecting to a range of new housing, 10 per cent of which would be affordable. A 200-bed hotel, community hub of local shops and other facilities will also be included, following the realignment of Blaris Road.

An additional £500,000 is promised to Translink for a new park-and-ride system.

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