‘Major plans to develop Portrush’

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The government has significant plans to develop Portrush as an international visitor destination, The Coleraine Times can reveal.

In an Assembly Question, DUP MLA Gregory Campbell recently asked Minister of Social Development, Nelson when he expected the full implementation of the plan to improve Portrush Harbour and the associated works.

In his reply, Mr McCausland explained that there were major ongoing plans to develop the resort in the coming years.

He replied: “My Department is preparing a business case for the appointment of consultants to carry out environmental and economic impact assessments and develop a detailed masterplan for the Portrush Harbour area.

“This work will support any subsequent planning applications and assess the viability of the project. The appointment is subject to the completion of a satisfactory business case and funds being made available in the Department’s budget.

“I have met with other Ministerial colleagues to discuss this project and some other regeneration proposals for the town.

“These are very significant development opportunities which can promote the resort town as an international destination, particularly in preparation for hosting the prestigious British Open at Royal Portrush in 2019.”

In another reply to a question from Mr Campbell the Minister said that the Housing Executive had advised that 26 properties at Glenmanus Park, Skerrymore Place and Windsor Place, Portrush are included in the Coleraine Phase two Window Replacement Scheme. This scheme is currently on site and once completed will mean that all Housing Executive properties in Portrush will be double glazed.