We are pleased to announce that Planning Service Northern Ireland have granted planning permission for an application for the redevelopment of a site at South Street, Newtownards to construct 162 residential apartments and associated infrastructure. The site is located in close proximity to the recently opened Tesco foodstore and proposed shopping centre sites, for which we previously assisted in securing planning permission and carried out the detailed design of required highway works.  

We were instructed by Castlebawn Developments to prepare a Transport Assessment to support the planning application which demonstrated the anticipated trips generated by the development and their impact on the local highway network as well as detailing how access to the site from South Street is to be achieved. As part of the Transport Assessment process, we consulted with Translink and the Roads Service Cycling Officer to ensure that access to the site by non-car modes of travel was maximised.

Following the submission of the planning application, we carried out detailed negotiations with Roads Service and their consultants in order to demonstrate that the development could be satisfactorily accommodated without detriment to the operation of the local highway network or the requirement to undertake any off-site highway works. As a result of this work, Roads Service were able to offer a positive consultation response, enabling Planning Service to grant planning permission subject to conditions and obligations.