Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency given green light for new storage units proposal

A planning application for 16 secure storage units at Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency (CEAL) was approved at a meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Planning Committee last week.

Thursday, 14th October 2021, 8:00 am
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The application was made by CEAL for the units to be located on a section of carpark on-site at Meadowbank Road Industrial Estate.

Speaking at the meeting, Larne Lough Ulster Unionist Councillor Keith Turner asked if there was potential for storage of hazardous materials.

Four small and 12 larger container units are proposed. A report by planners says that there is a “strong buffer of trees at the rear of the site between the site and the nearest residential properties”.

Mid and East Antrim’s head of planning Paul Duffy said his department has received no indication about storage materials.

However, he indicated that if there were to be hazardous substances, this would require consent for which council would be responsible.

Larne Lough DUP Alderman Paul Reid said: “This is a good news story for Carrickfergus. We have a similar facility at Ledcom in Willowbank. I am in favour of supporting business expansion or start-up.”

The proposal was seconded by Knockagh Alliance Alderman Noel Williams.

Meawhile, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has reported that 153 business plans were compeleted through the ‘Go For It’ programme during 2020/21.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

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