Planners give green light for refurbishment and extension to Bushmills Courthouse

Planners give green light for refurbishment and extension to Bushmills Courthouse

Planning officials have given the green light for the refurbishment and extension to Bushmills Courthouse ahead of a decision later this week by the planning committee.

The courthouse was built by the MacNaghten family of Dundarave Estate in 1834, to serve as a Petty Session Court in the area.

The prominent building, at the heart of Bushmills Conservation Area, has been empty since the late 1960s and was acquired by Enterprise Causeway in 2016.

Having secured €5.2m funding from the EU's PEACE IV Programme, Enterprise Causeway proposals are to restore and extend the building into a Creative Hub for the local area, which will include community, retail, and enterprise space.

Councillors on the planning committee this Wednesday will hear how the building is of special historical interest, is derelict, and is currently on the heritage at risk register and how the proposed re-use of the listed building and extension will ensure its upkeep and survival by bringing the building back into use.

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