September 18, 2021

The former hotel on Lawrence Crown Road will be demolished for a new social housing project.

The application, submitted by the Kansas Water Homes Housing Association, was approved by the Central and Eastern Antrim Borough Council earlier this month.

The social housing proposal includes the construction of 16 new apartments over the age of 55 and parking on the site of the vacant former hotel building. The new houses will be located in a 3.5 storey block.

A new Kiran Court Hotel has been operating on Redlands Road in Laurent since 2008.

Lauren’s former Corn Court Hotel. Image by Google

Outline planning for the Kiran Road site was approved in 2014 for the construction of two two-bedroom apartments and the demolition of the former hotel premises.

The now unoccupied building hit the market in 2016 for 5 275,000.

Konswater Homes has previously said that the housing executive waiting list indicates the need for housing for more than 55 years. The Housing Association also indicated that the development would “increase the redundant Corn Court Hotel site and provide much-needed housing for families and individuals who are under residential pressure.”

The housing executive says 1,852 applicants on the housing waiting list in the Middle and East Antrim are under housing pressure, including single, old and small family households with 87.5% in need.

During 2020/21, 514 applicants were allotted houses on the waiting list. Fourteen housing executives sold the houses to tenants.

A housing executive report to the Central and Eastern Antrim Council said 169 new social housing properties and 153 were under construction in Borough during the last fiscal year.

The report shows that 1,065 social residential properties are needed in the next five years. However, only 449 are planned for 2024.

In April, the Minister for Communities, Derde Hargey, announced that 2,403 new social housing homes had been opened in Northern Ireland in 2020/21 and 1,318 social housing homes had been completed.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter.

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