Green light given for large new development on edge of Roe Valley Country Park
The matter was approved by Causeway Coast and Glens Council earlier this month; the News Letter found out while browsing recent planning apps.
Most of the 144 houses on the site will be double-decker tractor-trailers.
A host of objections were received, but in a planning report, officials wrote: ‘Concerns have been raised about the visual impact of the development detrimental to the natural beauty of the area.
“While it is recognized that the development will alter the landscape within the immediate site boundary, the application has considered the setting and provided landscape buffers to the site boundary where there are adjacent interests to minimize the visual intrusion of development.
“Dwellings in the development area are appropriate to the surrounding context and will not result in any significant negative visual impact on the wider area.”
In summary, it will not have a “significant impact” on the attractiveness of nearby Roe Valley Nature Park, and is “considered acceptable”, planning officials wrote.
Specifically, the site is listed as “lands behind and including 183 Roemill Road and east of 175 Roemill Road”.
The developers – Columb Henry (Roemill Homes) – also intend to work on a “new road and landscape network”.
There have been ambitions to build in this area for a long time.
In 2011, permission was granted to demolish buildings to make way for housing.
And in the past two years, surrounding land has seen applications for more than 300 homes, which have been approved.
The current app dates from 2016, but was revised last year.
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