Neptune Group is delighted to announce that outline planning approval has been granted for its Blaris project in Lisburn.
A residential development of more than 1,300 homes has been approved either side of the Maze/Long Kesh site, Balmoral Park and in the vicinity of Blaris. A new £12m road linking the M1 to Knockmore Road has also been given the go-ahead, together with permission in principle for 750,000 sqft of commercial floor space. Around 9,000 jobs will be created over the next 20 years.
The master plan for the 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.
A 200-bed hotel, community hub of local shops and other facilities will also be included, following the realignment and upgrade to Blaris Road.
An additional £500,000 will be awarded to Translink with the aim of creating a new park and ride system.
The link is scheduled to be complete before the summer of 2023.
The project was split into two major applications for outline permission which Lisburn and Casltereagh's planning committee considered for over three hours before coming to a decision.
Speaking in favour of the £250m project, Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, who joined the meeting remotely, said the proposal had "enormous commercial benefits" for Lisburn in the long term.
He added: "For me the biggest aspect that we are talking about today is the link road and the potential that it creates for the city of Lisburn."