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Planners consider bid to build 50 houses at Craigavon

'The applicant’s vision for the site is to create an attractive, contemporary housing development'

Aghacommon Craigavon homes

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s planners are currently considering an application to bring 50 new homes to Craigavon.

Lodged by agent Clyde Shanks Ltd on behalf of applicant Acorn Developments NI Ltd, the application seeks permission to erect 50 houses, landscaping, open space provision, road widening/provision of footpaths and access improvements along the Kilvergan Road.

The site of this proposed development is located at lands “to the rear of 2 and 4 Aghacommon Heights, Kilvergan Road and to the south west of 1-7 McGreevy Drive and 68-79 McGreevy Park, Derrymacash Road, Craigavon”.

In its original form, this application sought to build 52 houses on the site in question.

The site is currently described as undeveloped grass land.

A design and access statement says the properties will “respect the local character of the area” and notes the planned development site is 2.65 hectares in an ‘L’ shape with existing vehicular access provided via the Kilvergan Road.

“The applicant’s vision for the site is to create an attractive, contemporary housing development,” reads the statement, before adding the existing boundary vegetation should be retained.

It also says the proposal respects the pattern of development, ensuring the proposed house types do not appear out of place with neighbouring developments.

A total of six houses types are proposed within the scheme with both semi-detached and detached. As for green space, the statement says the strategy for the site is to “create a public realms that promotes a sense of community and provides an attractive space”.

The development will proceed without a right turn lane but provision has been retained for the development of one at a later stage should further development using the same access location occur.

It is anticipated that the omission of a right turn lane will assist in reducing vehicle speeds both entering and exiting the area as vehicles turning into the site will naturally slow other traffic down.

A pedestrian footway along the site frontage has been included as well as pedestrian crossing points to connect to the wider pedestrian connections already available in the area.

This footway will also ensure a pedestrian link to Tannaghmore Gardens is available.

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