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New major mixed-use neighbourhood proposed for Lisburn

Words: Roger Milne
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Two planning applications proposing major residential, commercial and infrastructure developments for a £250 million sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood at Blaris, Lisburn, have been lodged with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Developer Neptune Carleton’s proposals include 1,300 dwellings, 71,535 square metres of commercial floorspace, and a new 1.6-kilometre road and bridge over the River Lagan to connect the M1/A101 at Sprucefield to the local highway network.

The provision of the link road includes a two-span bridge over the River Lagan and is reckoned to be the key driver to unlocking the western growth of the city, facilitating not only the development of the proposed lands at Blaris, but also providing a future link to the nearby Maze Long Kesh site.

The masterplan for the neighbourhood envisages the creation of a riverside park alongside the Lagan with landscaped walkways connecting to a range of new housing. It will also see a realigned and upgraded Blaris Road as the focus of a community hub of local shops and facilities to support the new neighbourhood.

Major employment floor space plus a new hotel and pub/restaurant are included in the scheme.

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