Northern Ireland’s First Retirement Village Plan to go on Public Display

Matthew Morrison Planning

Plans to develop Northern Ireland’s first dedicated retirement and assisted living village go on public display on 29th and 30th August as part of a consultation process.

The owners plan to develop 361 residential units, a medical centre, a nursing home, a spa/wellbeing centre and neighbourhood retail on the site, which is located on lands at 75 Belfast Road. A total of 42 acres of the site will also be developed into parkland which will incorporate walking trails.

Causeway Asset Management will be managing the project on behalf of Kilmona Holdings. They estimate that developing the site will create around 300 jobs throughout the construction phase and sustain a further 100 jobs when completed.

Residents will benefit from onsite security and around the clock monitored CCTV, optional support services including laundry services, personal shopping, domestic cleaning and personal care.

The scheme will be residential led with 50% of the homes being traditional semi-detached and detached properties with the other 50% being apartments and assisted living units. A park and ride service between the development and Carrickfergus town centre will also be established.

Brian Kearney from Causeway Asset Management said:

“This is an exciting project which we believe will be very popular. This is a high quality development, with an excellent mix of detached and semi-detached houses as well as apartments, all of which will be built to the highest standards.

“A retirement village of this scale is a first for Northern Ireland and we can see in other parts of the world how they have proven extremely successful and have added life to the towns in which they are located.

“This is the start of a process to revitalise a site which has been badly in need of regeneration for some time. We very much look forward to hearing the views of the public and other stakeholders.”

Stephen Blaney, Design Director at Coogan & Co Architects in Belfast said:

“This development will be a first for Northern Ireland. Retirement villages have proved successful in other parts of the world and it has been great for Coogan and Co to be able to design this one.”

The public consultation event will take place at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus on 29th August from 2pm- 8pm and 30th August from 10am – 3pm.

A consultation process has been ongoing since June on plans to develop and regenerate a 120 acre area of prime brownfield land in Carrickfergus.

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