In November 2016, the Council commissioned studies for three potential Greenway routes as Stage two of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Greenways programme. These studies were submitted to the DfI seeking funding for the design phase of these projects. In August 2017, DfI provided a Letter of Offer for £25k towards the design of the Comber to Newtownards Greenway which is Stage 3 of the DfI programme. This was one of three successful applications out of a regional total of sixteen. Stage 3 also includes the implementation of the consultation phase of the projects.
As part of its ongoing commitment to investment in the health and wellbeing of the community, and although the other routes are not grant-aided at this point, the Council considered progressing with the design of its other two schemes in addition to that partly funded by DfI.
The Council has engaged AECOM and Sustrans to commence the design of proposed Greenways between Comber & Newtownards, Donaghadee to Kinnegar via the coastal path, and Newtownards to Helen’s Bay. The appointment of Aecom and Sustrans for a design phase took place on 8 October 2017. This work includes engagement with landowners and key stakeholders and will be subject to public consultation, the first of which is on 13 March 2018 at Comber Leisure Centre in relation to Comber to Newtownards Greenway Network.
PRE‐APPLICATION PUBLIC EVENT
PROPOSAL: Greenway Network – Comber to Newtownards
LOCATION: Extension of existing Comber Greenway from Belfast Road, Comber to Georges Street/Upper Greenwell Street, Newtownards (BT23 5QP - BT23 7PA)
APPLICANT: Ards and North Down Borough Council
An: Open-House Public Consultation Event
Will take place on: Tuesday 13th March 2018 From: 2pm – 7pm
At: Comber Leisure Centre, Castle Street, Comber, Co. Down, BT23 5DY
Further information relating to the proposal can be obtained from: A public exhibition displayed at Londonderry Park, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT23 8SG from Tuesday 10th April to Tuesday 22nd May 2018
If you wish to make comments on the proposal you may do so at the above event and/or in writing to the agent: AECOM Planning, Beechill House, Beechill Road, Belfast, BT8 7RP No later than: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Please note that this notice does not relate to a planning application. Comments should not be made to the Planning Department at Ards and North Down Borough Council. Any comments made to the prospective applicant or agent (at the consultation event or in writing) are not representations to the Planning Department. If a planning application is subsequently submitted to the Planning Department, normal neighbourhood notification and publicity will be undertaken and you will have the opportunity to make formal representations regarding the proposal at that time.
Upcoming Public Consultation sessions are detailed below. Regular updates will be found on this page or on our Facebook page.
|Londonderry Park, Newtownards||Thurs 19 April 2018||9.30 - 18.30||Newtownards to Helen's Bay|
|Aurora, Bangor||Wed 25 April 2018||11.00 - 18.00||Kinnegar to Donaghadee|