Apartments development marked for ‘consideration’

By William O'Connor

AN BORD Pleanála (ABP) has made a decision of further consideration/ amendment for plans for the Glen Abbey Complex on Belgard Road, Cookstown Industrial Estate.

Square Foot Property Services Limited had lodged a fast-track application with ABP for demolition of existing industrial buildings on-site and construction of 211 apartments and associated site works.

GLEN ABBEY compressor

Glen Abbey Complex on Belgard Road

A further “consideration/ amendment” means “the development as proposed would not have a reasonable chance of succeeding” in its current form.

The board’s decision is not a refusal, as it has not reached that stage in the planning process.

Areas near the Glen Abbey Complex have already been earmarked for sizeable residential developments, including the development of 345 apartments at the former Cable and Wireless site on Airton Road.

Property developer Marlet received permission for a substantial residential development nearby on the Belgard Road, to consist of 438 apartments, a 403 bed-space student accommodation scheme and a new urban quarter.

Cookstown Industrial Estate is also set to become a hive of residential development, with the planned construction of 107 apartments on Second Avenue, a separate 196-unit development also on Second Avenue, while plans for a 336-unit residential development on Fourth Avenue are currently under consideration by ABP.

Data centres belonging to internet giant Amazon are in the locality, which has been the focus of a wave of development in recent years.

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