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Business and light industry units plan beside Pearse Og ground in ‘imaginative’ Armagh proposals

It will lead to a 'a positive enhancement of the area' and create employment opportunities from a 'broad range of potential end users'

Ballycrummy development

New business and industry units could be built in the Ballycrummy area of Armagh if fresh proposals are given the green light.

The development has the potential to bring jobs to the area both through construction and upon completion.

The applicant – Dungannon-based Landmark Homes NI Ltd – proposes a mixed-use development next to the Pearse Og football ground.

It will consist of four units in total, for business, light industry, storage and distribution purposes.

There will be 34 parking spaces and one disabled space, as well as parking provision for lorries and goods vehicles.

A ‘toast rack’ style cycle stand, a bin and recycling store and associated site works are also included in the plans which have now been submitted to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council officials for consideration.

Tree planting is incorporated at perimeter locations with species including ash, oak and silver birch.

According to a concept design statement accompanying the proposals: “The objective of this application is to provide affordable business, light industry and storage and distribution space, while at the same time addressing neighbourhood blight and improve the look of the Ballycrummy Road.”

The development has been designed to “sensitively integrate” into the surroundings and represents an “unrepeatable opportunity to address the shortcomings that this site provides to the Ballycrummy area”.

The design allows for “easy access and egress” to the site and the statement notes that heavy goods vehicles can be accommodated.

And it adds: “The proposal ensures that the quality of the area is maintained and enhanced.

“When considered in its context redevelopment of this site is critical and one would hope to represent the continued revitalisation of the Ballycrummy Road.

“The creation of the units will present a viable location for a broad range of potential end users with an anchor tenant in a holding position pending FPP (full planning permission).”

Describing the plans as “imaginative”, the submission concludes: “This proposal represents an acceptable redevelopment of a key site and represents a positive enhancement of the area and employment opportunities.”

The proposal will be publicly advertised next week and a decision to follow in due course.

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