Planning Approval Granted
At a meeting on Tuesday 26 January 2021, Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave their approval to the plans submitted by Bangor Marine Ltd. for the development site located at Queen’s Parade and Marine Gardens in Bangor.
This is a significant milestone towards seeing the major £50 million regeneration project delivered in the town. Bangor Marine Ltd. is a consortium made up of a number of leading companies including the Karl Group and Farrans.
The proposed scheme is made up of; Marine Gardens Public Realm combining external events space, cafes, sheltered promenade & kiosks, beach, seafront lawns, children’s play area & water feature, a hotel, a destination/cinema building, residential units, commercial/retail/restaurant space, office space, a play zone, refurbishment of existing commercial properties, basement car park, and marketplace & courtyard squares.
Department for Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey welcomed this as a significant step in the right direction for the regeneration of Bangor.
Since then the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), which has the power to ‘call-in the project, has been carrying out an assessment on the planning application. This is specifically in relation to the scheme falling within the flood inundation zone of Clandeboye Lake. Council awaits DfI's determination, and in the meantime continues to work alongside the developer, Bangor Marine, and the Department for Communities, who currently own the majority of the site, to progress the scheme.