Council blocks Ulster University's plan for 600 homes at campus

Plans for a mixed-use scheme comprising 600 homes and a research and development park near Belfast have been refused after planners concluded that the proposals had failed to respect the context of the site and its specific features and constraints.

Jordanstown campus: redevelopment proposals blocked (picture by 01Chris02, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons)
Jordanstown campus: redevelopment proposals blocked (picture by 01Chris02, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons)

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s planning committee yesterday refused to grant planning permission for the University of Ulster’s outline application, which had proposed a large mixed-use scheme at its Jordanstown campus in County Antrim.

The proposals, covering a 69-hectare site, comprised a development of 600 homes, a village centre and a research and development park.

The plans involved the demolition of the main university building and a range of other properties on the site, but the application proposed that a number of university facilities would remain, including a large section of the existing student accommodation.

An officer’s report to the planning committee had recommended that the application be refused.

The report concluded that the proposals would "impact detrimentally on the parkland setting at the university site", and that the development would "adversely impact on the setting of the listed Dalriada House and erode the visual linkage between the House and the nearby listed Gate Lodge".

The report added that a "quality housing layout has not been demonstrated while the applicant’s desire to accommodate a specific number of units on the site – 600 houses – has resulted in a scheme which fails to respect the context of the site and its specific features and constraints".

In a statement, the University of Ulster said it is "extremely disappointed" at the refusal of its application, "especially given the many months of constructive engagement with the planners that preceded this application".

It added: "The university will now review its options on the most appropriate way forward for the development."


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