Planning consultancy Turley, representing the Northern Ireland Department for Social Development, has secured planning permission for a major mixed-use regeneration proposal at Queen’s Parade and Marine Gardens, Bangor.
The permission will pave the way for more than 25,000 sq metres of floorspace and includes 72 apartments and eight terraced houses, retail floorspace, a theatre/flexible performance space, business/office space, new hotel accommodation, restaurants/cafes, and a multi-storey car park.
The permission will also see the creation of a new courtyard plaza and public open space on Marine Gardens that will include play equipment, landscaping, bandstand, covered walkways and covered event space.
Turley in Belfast provided planning, masterplanning, urban design and local engagement advice.
Justine Daly, Urban Design Director at Turley in Belfast said:
“This scheme will transform Queen’s Parade, dubbed as Northern Irelands’ worst eyesore, into an attractive, vibrant, inclusive place for everyone to enjoy. The area of Marine Gardens, currently in use as a car park, will be transformed into an area of high quality public realm. It is hoped that the proposal will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Bangor town centre.”
Angela Wiggam, Associate Director at Turley in Belfast who led on the community engagement adds:
“The proposals for the site evolved through extensive engagement with key stakeholders, briefings with Council, workshops and two public consultation events which attracted over 800 people.
“Feedback from the two events helped shape the preferred scheme. This is an excellent example of the value community engagement can play in the planning system in delivering a proposal which has been influenced and supported by the local community.”