The proposals are being taken forward by Lagmar Properties Ltd. Lagmar Properties has an historic connection with the site having previously secured planning permission for a mixed used development proposal in conjunction with Sainsbury’s Supermarket Ltd in June 2013 and submitted a further application for a revised mixed use development in November 2017 (latterly withdrawn in January 2019).
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will play a number of roles as the project progresses.
The detailed planning application will be submitted to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Planning Department. In their role as the statutory planning authority the planning department will manage the statutory planning process and determine the planning application.
Wider Council (Non-planning role)
The Council, including elected reps for the area, will also be kept up to date throughout the development.
This project is being brought forward as part of a plan to regenerate the site with a blend of residential development and commercial and industrial development, meeting need in the area.
The proposals are for lands formerly occupied by the Rolls Royce factory off the Carrowreagh Road in Dundonald.
The site extends to 7.59 hectares (18.75 acres), and is located approximately six miles from the centre of Belfast; directly north of the Upper Newtownards Road in Dundonald. Carrowreagh Road is to the east of the site and Ballyroan Lane to the east.
The site was formerly occupied by the TK-ECC complex closed in 2004, and the site was cleared in 2012.
Today, the majority of the industrial complex has been demolished with the exception of the canteen building located at the main entrance to the site, off the Carrowreagh Road.
The plans currently propose a mixed-use development, including:
The project will receive an initial capital investment of £25 million.
The project is being privately funded.
The proposed development’s design has considered aspects of place, including historical, cultural, social and topographical to inform the design. The site layout seeks to respond to the existing site topography and constraints. Meanwhile the density and scale of the proposals are in keeping with the character of the surrounding residential development.
The design of the proposed mixed use development seeks to:
A number of open spaces are proposed throughout the site. A selection of landscape buffers are proposed throughout the site, particularly between the light industrial units and dwellings. Private amenity is provided to the rear of the dwellings ranging in excess of 40 sq m. Trees and hedgerows are proposed to minimise the impact and provide privacy. Private driveways are proposed to the front of the dwellings.
The proposed public open has been sited to be central and accessible to all and will equate to approximately 10% of the overall site area.
The homes will be sold on the private market. It is proposed that a proportion of the apartment units will be for persons over 55 and essential local workers. Drawing on policy from England , essential local workers is defined as a ‘public sector employee who provides frontline services in areas including health, education and community safety – such as NHS staff, teachers, police, firefighters and military personnel, social care and childcare workers.’
The main access to the site will be from Carrowreagh Road. This access is intended to serve the majority of vehicular trips to and from the development.
Part of the site will be accessed from a secondary access point, also from the Carrowreagh Road, located a few hundred metres north of the main access.
The light industrial units will be accessed from Ballyoran Lane. These access principles align with the access arrangements which were approved in June 2013.
A Transport Assessment Form will be prepared and submitted with the planning application alongside a Travel Pan.
Subject to planning being approved we do not anticipate any significant road closures as a result of this development coming forward.
Car parking provision will be provided in line with prevailing parking requirements.
Subject to all statutory approvals, the proposal equates to a £25 million investment in the Dundonald/East Belfast Area.
Investment in local economy via supply chain during construction is valued at £19.6 million.
If approved, circa 50 jobs would be expected to be created during the construction phase and a further 105 jobs once the development is operational.
The application is anticipated to be submitted in the winter of 2020.
Subject to planning permission being work on site could begin in winter 2021.
It’s estimated that once work commences it will take approximately 3-4 years to complete the project.
The development team will comply with current construction guidelines to minimise any potential negative impacts on the surrounding area.
It is the ambition to create a number of employment opportunities for local businesses.
As the project is considered a ‘major planning application’ we have submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, beginning a period of formal community consultation before a planning application is submitted later this year.
Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19 and our commitment to upholding social distancing measures, pre-application community consultation events will be held virtually using Zoom webinars on the following dates and times:
Feedback received will be analysed and will be used to inform the final planning application. A Pre-application community consultation report will be submitted alongside the planning application.
This consultation is open to all members of the public and we welcome feedback from members of the public, neighbouring businesses and elected representatives.
There are a number of additional ways you can comment. You can do this by:
Online: Completing the online feedback form here or join a live chat on the website.
Consultation Hotline: 0808 1688 296
Post: Send a letter to: Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast, BT2 8LE.
Feedback to the pre-application period closes on 19 November 2020. Once the application has been submitted comments can be made to the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Planning Department.
All feedback submitted will be summarised in a Pre-Application Community Consultation Report which will be submitted alongside the planning application. Personal details will not be shared with a third party and we will not contact you in relation to any other project or for marketing purposes.
The information you provide will be stored securely until determination of the planning applications. Following determination, this information will be deleted. Unless you have indicated otherwise, we will not contact you about this development.
Ultimately the planning application will be determined by the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Planning Committee, comprised of local elected representatives. This decision will follow the statutory planning process whereby all statutory consultees will provide comment on the application. During the process the public will be able to view all information online and comment if they wish.
The Council’s planning department will make a recommendation to the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Planning Committee who then consider the application on its planning merits.