Consultations

Parklet Installation Consultation

Overview

Through the Town Centre Recovery group, Council is exploring innovative ways to support the business and hospitality sector. As part of the Department for Communities grant for Town Centre Recovery there has been funding included for the installation of “Parklets” in Town Centre areas.Through the Town Centre Recovery group, Council is exploring innovative ways to support the sector. As part of the Department for Communities grant for Town Centre Recovery there has been funding included for the installation of “Parklets” in Town Centre areas.

Contact

Any objection relating to the application should be made before the 28 May 2021. The objection should be addressed to Town Centre Development, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne BT40 1RU or email Gail.Kelly@midandeastantrim.gov.uk


Key Dates

closed for consultation

From Wednesday 28 April 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021


Additional Information

COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on all business sectors and in particular the hospitality sector. Wet bars have been closed since March 2020 and coffee shops and restaurants have been restricted in relation to the offering of inside dining.

Through the Town Centre Recovery group, Council is exploring innovative ways to support the sector.

As part of the Department for Communities grant for Town Centre Recovery there has been funding
included for the installation of “Parklets” in Town Centre areas.

A Parklet is a form of “tactical urbanism”, and in its simplest form it is an extension of a footway, or similar area into a parking space using panels and planting to create additional area of public realm space.

These can create additional seating areas and may help hospitality businesses create an outdoor area when they do not have space themselves. It can also help those premises who would not be able to benefit from a pavement café area, as the pavement is too narrow.

A Parklet will usually be a self-contained unit, either bespoke or modular, and it will normally be demarcated by some form of physical barrier, for example concrete planters, to provide separation between people using the Parklet, and traffic using the adjoining street. The Parklet will therefore be much more substantial, and have a greater degree of permanence than a pavement café.

It should be noted that this will be semi-permanent arrangement and can be removed when the business no longer requires this provision. Consultees should also be aware that the Department for Infrastructure will also review the proposals once the business consultation has been completed and undertake their own assessment of the application.

Following a call for expressions of interest from the town centre hospitality sector and an initial site assessment 4 businesses wish to apply for a parklet. To allow for the installation of the parklets two car
parking spaces per location will be temporally removed.

There are 4 potential Parklet sites that Council would like to consult on:

​Location 1: Nobel Café, 102-104 Church St, Ballymena BT43 6DF

Location 2: Juliano’s, 26-28 Broughshane St, Ballymena BT43 6EB​

Location 3: The Front Page Bar, 9 Ballymoney St, Ballymena BT43 6AL​

Location 4: The Stove Café, 61 Main St, Larne BT40 1JE​