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Former Carnview Childrens Home, 41 Knockenagh Avenue, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 6AQ

Development & Land Property (2.40 acres) Sold



  • Potential development opportunity (subject to planning consent)
  • Potential refurbishment opportunity
  • Site of approximately 2.4 acres
  • Attractive, elevated site within an established residential location
  • Convenient location to Newtownabbey


The Borough District of Newtownabbey lies to the North of Belfast, bound by the Belfast Lough to the East and the Belfast Hills to the South West. It is strategically located within Northern Ireland’s business belt being 7 miles North of Belfast and 15 Miles from Larne making the area a popular commuter’s district. Newtownabbey Urban Area has a population of 62,056 according to the 2001 census. 

The district is home to the internationally recognised University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus specialising in the Built Environment and Sport Science. 

The subject property occupies an elevated site on Knockenagh Avenue, Newtownabbey.  Knockenagh Avenue can be accessed via both O’Neill Road or Doagh Road. 

The immediate area is primarily residential accommodation however the Rathfern Social Activity Centre is on the adjacent site.

Full Description

The subject property comprises a ‘U’ shaped, two storey former Childrens Home on a self contained site of 2.4 acres. The site is of rectangular shape and fronts onto Knockenagh Avenue. 

The site appears to have previously been secured by fencing however parts of the fencing are now missing and those still in place are of a low height, therefore allow for pedestrian access. 

The site contains three buildings, the main building being the former home, a garage and a small store.

The former home is a large, ‘U’ shaped, two storey property of approximately 12,072 sq ft (GEA) which lies at the centre of the land. 

Internally, the property has been subdivided by block walls into multiple rooms including kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, offices, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Viewing Details

By special appointment with the sole letting agent, Lisney.



    Site Area

    [2.4 acres]

    Two storey main building

    12,072 sq ft


    675 sq ft


    107 sqft

    TOTAL 2.4 acres

    12,854 sq ft


    We are not aware of any active planning applications on the site.

    We have reviewed the local area plan; BMAP 2015, and understand that the subject property is located within the Newtownabbey development limit and is zoned as ‘White Land’. 

    The property was zoned as ‘White Land’ in Draft BMAP 2015 which we understand is now the relevant planning document following a legal challenge against the adoption of BMAP. 


    The property has an energy rating of C60.

    A full certificate can be made available upon request. 

    Asking Price

    Offers around £200,000 exclusive are invited. 

    We have been advised that the property is held freehold.

    Stamp Duty
    If applicable, will be the responsibility of the purchaser.

    All prices, outgoings and rentals are stated exclusive of but may be liable to VAT.

Contact Details

Address: Montgomery House, 29-33 Montgomery Street, Belfast BT1 4NX
Telephone: +44-2890-501501 or you can also email us at

Lisney for themselves and the Vendor/Lessor whose Agents they are give notice that:

1. These particulars do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.

2. All statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility on the part of the Agents or the Vendor/Lessor and none of the statements contained in these particulars as to this property are to be relied on as statements or representations of fact.

3. The particulars, various plans, photographs, dimensions, references to condition and permissions for use and occupation  are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but their accuracy is not guaranteed and any intending Purchasers or Tenants shall satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to correctness of each of them. No omission, accidental error or misdescription shall be ground for a claim for compensation or for the rescission of the contract by either the Vendor/Lessor or the Purchaser/Tenant.

  4. Neither the Vendor/Lessor nor Lisney nor any person in their employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to the property. 5. Prices are quoted exclusive of VAT (unless otherwise stated) and all negotiations are conducted on the basis that the Purchaser/Tenant shall be liable for any VAT arising on the transaction. PSRA No. 001848.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.