MP seeks to allay concerns over Bashfordsland development

Sammy Wilson MP (file photo)
Sammy Wilson MP (file photo)

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has sought to allay concerns over a new housing development in the Bashfordsland area of Carrickfergus.

The proposals include approximately 315 family homes and the construction of a section of the Victoria Link Road access.

The plans centre on two ‘parcels’ of land, situated in the areas between Red Fort Drive, Broadlands and Portsmouth Gardens, according to developers.

Although a planning application has yet to be submitted, two pre-application public consultations were held at Ulidia Integrated College on June 30 and July 1.

The sessions were led by public affairs firm, Cherton Enterprise Ltd.

Commenting after the consultations, Mr Wilson said he was “impressed” with the quality of the plans.

“Traffic will not be directed through surrounding housing areas, which was always a concern of existing residents,” he added. “Environmental features such as green strips for wildlife will also be maintained.

“Apart from creating housing for people who wish to live in the area, it will also create jobs over the period of building, which could be eight years.

“I will be happy to hear from constituents who have views and I will take those issues up with the planning service and the developers.”

Meanwhile, parents of children at nearby Ulidia and Acorn schools raised concerns over the potential for increased traffic volumes in the area.

Claire Murray, who lives at Victoria Rise, told the Times: “The traffic situation on the Victoria Road is chaos as it is.”

Fellow Carrick resident Honor Poag added that child safety could be a factor if the proposals resulted in a “thoroughfare” past the schools.

However, it is understood that an extension of the access route past the schools to the Marshallstown Road does not form part of the current plans.

Responding to some of the issues, Richard Hart from Cherton said that developers were aiming to take local residents’ opinions on board as regards the proposals.

Should the development reach the planning application stage, all those living within a set distance of the site boundaries would be notified, he added.