A developer's bid to construct 123 new homes on the former Enkalon textile factory site in Antrim has been granted planning approval.
Londonderry-based Fermac Properties Ltd's proposed development was given the green light by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The project on the Randalstown Road will see a number of detached and semi-detached houses built on the site of the former nylon factory.The 123 homes will form part of a wider residential scheme in the area by the same developer.
Work is already under way on the first two phases of the project, which is located at the now demolished Enkalon Sports and Social Club. British Enkalon was formed in 1960 to produce nylon yarns and plastic materials in Northern Ireland. The following year, Dutch company AKU took a majority stake in the business.
In 1963, British Enkalon opened its factory in Antrim, which remained as a hub for nylon manufacturing for 22 years, until the plant shut its doors in 1985.However, the factory left a legacy on the town courtesy of the Enkalon Foundation.
It was set up in the mid-1980s by managing director Dr Roelof Schierbeek to support the town and its former workers after the factory's closure.The new homes will be located next to the Enkalon Industrial Estate, which remains an active hub for business activity in Antrim. Asda and The Junction retail outlet are located nearby.
Speaking after planning approval was granted on Monday, the chairman of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's planning committee, Councillor Henry Cushinan, said he was very happy had the project had been granted approval.
"I am delighted with the plans for these projects," Mr Cushinan added. "The two developments represent a significant investment to the borough, bringing high-quality homes to Antrim and increasing our hotel provision in the urban part of the borough, alongside new quality office accommodation."
The same meeting also saw the committee give the green light to Comtec Developments' proposal for a new 100-bed hotel and office development in Newtownabbey.
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