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History of Antrim

  • council: Antrim Borough Council
  • population: 20,001
  • phone code: 028
  • postcode area: BT41
  • county: County Antrim

The Borough is approximately 57 793 hectares, stretching from Toomebridge and Randalstown in the Northwest to Crumlin and Templepatrick in the Southeast.

Antrim Town situated on the eastern shore of Lough Neagh is the principal administration centre for the Borough, traditionally serving a predominantly rural hinterland.

The Borough has witnessed substantial investment in public and private sector infrastructure over the past two decades. The rewards are now being reaped in terms of the Borough's success in attracting employment opportunities, with expansion in manufacturing, service, distribution and health sectors being the most noticeable. Over the past few years' increased residential development is occurring in all the Borough Towns as Antrim's strategic advantage emerges within the overall Northern Ireland Regional Context. Development of community facilities and emphasis on the environment, recreational, sporting and cultural amenities offers an unrivalled quality of lifestyle for those who choose to avail of it.

The continued growth of Antrim Town is assured as it is identified within Northern Ireland regional planning framework as one of seven major urban service centres strategically located in the key transport corridors and serving large catchments area. It has been identified as being particularly well placed to accommodate over time, a growing proportion of the housing market in the wider Belfast Metropolitan Area. Antrim has been earmarked for development as a main hub for employment and community services.

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