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Regeneration plans for two Northern Ireland towns revealed

The seaside town of Bangor in County Down and the Belfast suburb of Lisburn are to get dramatic overhauls.

The seaside town of Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland, is to get a dramatic overhaul - with the move creating around 75 permanent jobs, claims social development minister Margaret Ritchie.

The revamp of the seafront at Queen’s Parade, which is expected to create around 1,000 jobs, will be carried out by developer Karl Greenfarm Properties.

Ms Ritchie said there would be an outdoor performance space as well as offices, shops, a new pedestrian street and up to 750 parking spaces.

She said: “For too long the heart of the town around Queen’s Parade has been lying empty, and is no surprise to have been recently voted Northern Ireland’s number one worst eyesore. Bangor was once regarded as Northern Ireland’s number one resort and I believe the plans for Marine Gardens, along with the masterplan and transport plans, will put Bangor back where it belongs as a unique and vibrant coastal town.”

Meanwhile construction of a £100M regeneration development in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has been approved by environment minister Edwin Poots.

Offices, light industrial units, 600 new homes, a leisure complex, a riverside bar/restaurant, gym, creche, cafe and retail space are planned for the former Barbour textiles factory.

Mr Poots said: “Although it was a sad day when the Barbour Factory was closed down, this ambitious and innovative scheme represents a £100million investment which will provide a real boost for the local economy and generate in the region of 300 jobs.

“This is welcome news for the greater Lisburn area and marks the beginning of a new era for Hilden Mill. The project will see the restoration of listed buildings which have strong historic ties for Lisburn and improved linkages to the River Lagan, giving wider public use with improved amenities.”

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