Apartment plan delayed
Thursday, 30 November 2017
COUNCILLORS have delayed a seven-storey apartment block plan in Portrush after taking legal advice on claims the site is crossed by a public right of way.
The proposed building on Bath Road contains 24 apartments overlooking the resort's historic bathing spot, the Blue Pool.
A planning application, which has been in the system since 2013 and has accumulated 123 objections, was brought to the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Planning Committee last Wednesday with a recommendation to approve.
Members were told the development bordered a Nature Reserve, an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
But officials pointed out that NIEA's marine and historic environment divisions had no objections.
Members were also told the developer was under no obligation to include social housing because the number of apartments fell below the 25 unit threshold.
Among the reasons for objection lodged by neighbours were the building's height and its impact on the shoreline.
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