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Portrush in line for 40m golf resort

Thursday, 6 July 2017

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REPRESENTATIVES of an American investor have entered discussions with planners over a major hotel resort just outside Portrush.
In the week in which a 15m complex in Portstewart received the green light from the council, The Chronicle has learned a second, 40m scheme is now in the pipeline.
It's understood an elevated greenfield site overlooking the coast near Whiterocks beach has been chosen for the 5-star development.
Earlier this year the developers approached civic leaders about finding a suitable location and have now begun pre-planning discussions.
The proposed resort and spa is aimed squarely at the golf tourism market.
In the course of their research the developers visited similar projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The site is in fields south of the A2 coast road and west of the B62 Ballybogey Road with views over Royal Portrush golf course, Whiterocks beach and the Skerries.
It's understood negotiations with a land owner have already taken place.
The resort's developers have enlisted Ballymoney architects R Robinson and Sons, the team responsible for the abandoned Bushmills Dunes scheme at Runkerry.
An application to begin pre-planning discussions was lodged last month.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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