The St Patrick’s Barracks site is a strategically important location of approx. 15 hectares, close to the centre of Ballymena. The Barracks was closed by the Ministry of Defence in 2007 and declared surplus, then transferred to the Northern Ireland Executive. The Department now owns the site and is leading on the delivery of a housing-led regeneration programme, along with other interested public bodies.
We are working to make the site ready to progress the approved development plan. This plan has been established through a collaborative process; involving extensive consultation and engagement with local representatives, stakeholders and the wider community.
As well as obtaining planning approval for the preferred development plan for the site, the Department has also gained approval for the proposed new road infrastructure.
The Development Plan for the site is the roadmap for the flagship, shared, mixed use, housing-led regeneration scheme. The plan includes residential homes, a new civic space, a leisure and wellbeing centre, an Integrated Industrial Inspiration and Innovation Campus, along with the provision of car parking, road infrastructure and foot and cycle paths, and a new PSNI building.
Stakeholders continue to refine their individual plans based on the overall approved Development Plan.
The public sector stakeholders working with the Department to develop the site are Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Northern Regional College and the PSNI. Radius Housing was appointed by DfC Housing to take forward the shared housing scheme on the site. These parties are represented on a Programme Board for the site’s development, which is led by the Department and meet on a regular basis.
The Department has already carried out substantial demolitions on the site and, to facilitate the requirements of stakeholders as they develop their plans, we will be commencing the final programme of demolitions in early 2021. Work is also progressing on the final designs for the two key roads that will act as the central link through the site. The Northern Road will run from the Broughshane Road roundabout to Suffolk Street, where it will be met by the Southern Road from the Larne Road Link.
All images and proposals relating to the St Patrick’s Barracks project are draft and are subject to change as stakeholders’ plans develop.