Two planning applications proposing major residential, commercial and infrastructure developments to deliver a £250million sustainable mixed use neighbourhood at Blaris have been lodged with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council by Neptune Carleton LLP.
The proposals include 1300 dwellings, 770,000 sq. ft. of commercial floorspace and a new 1.6km road and bridge over the River Lagan to connect the M1/A101 at Sprucefield to the signalised junction at Moira Road/Knockmore Road.
The submissions follow a series of public consultation events held in September 2017 and more recently in September 2018.
Those events offered the opportunity for local people to understand the proposals for the lands and to provide feedback that has informed the finalised plans.
The provision of the 1.6km M1-Knockmore link road includes a two-span bridge over the River Lagan and is the key driver to unlocking the growth of the city at West Lisburn, facilitating the development of the proposed lands at Blaris and a future link to the nearby Maze Long Kesh site.
Once completed the new road will allow for enhanced vehicle movement around the city and enable improved public transport services with new circular bus routes linking the new neighbourhood to the proposed park and ride and rail halt at Knockmore and to the city’s bus and rail stations. Construction of the road will sustain 88 construction jobs and contribute some £6.5million in GVA to the local economy.
The masterplan for the neighbourhood will see the creation of a riverside park alongside the Lagan with attractive 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 floorspace with the potential to generate some 1500 new jobs across a range of business uses including a new hotel and pub/restaurant is also included. The economic impact accompanying the proposals anticipates over 330 construction jobs per annum across the wider development contributing some £195 million local economic benefit over the anticipated 20 year lifetime of the project.
Director of Neptune Carleton LLP, Mr Patrick Heffron said “We are delighted that the planning applications have now been lodged with the Council. Our proposals will create a sustainable and high quality expansion of Lisburn City where people will want to live, work and enjoy their leisure time. We are committed to working closely with LCCC and its consultees to deliver on the vision that we have established and to seeing the link road and a first phase of development constructed by summer 2021”