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Demolition of Little Barrack Street eyesore to make way for two-storey retail development

Papers submitted with plans indicate a floorspace of close 2,500 sq ft

Little Barrack Street

A new two-storey commercial outlet is to be built at Little Barrack Street in Armagh as part of ambitious plans for an overall revamp of the area, Armagh I can reveal.

A derelict and rundown garage structure would be demolished to make way for the new outlet.

And the applicant has agreed with environmental health to “restrict” the use of the new premises to “retail sale only”.

An application for the scheme has been submitted to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for consideration.

Little Barrack Street links the Mall to the foot of Scotch Street in Armagh, running to the rear of Barrack Street.

This application seeks approval for demolition within a Conservation Area.

And in its place would be built a two-storey commercial building.

Papers submitted with plans indicate a floorspace of close 2,500 sq ft.

A parking survey indicates that over 100 spaces are available within the surrounding area and says this is a “satisfactory amount” to comply with the 12 required under guidelines.

According to a design and access statement the new-build will be sensitive to the area and aims to “enhance the historical and architectural importance” of Little Barrack Street.

It adds: “The proposed scheme design involves demolition and removal of the existing single storey garage. The garage is not listed, vacant and of no particular architectural merit.

“The proposal encourages a more vibrant use for the space, enhancing potential footfall in and around the area.

“The design proposes a ground floor commercial space to include a double height entrance space with first floor storage.

“The Little Barrack Street elevation proposes the plentiful use of glazing to create a light filled space without imposing on the surrounding building fabric.

“The proposal consists of a two-storey pitched roof forming Little Barrack Street frontage and a further two-storey flat roof block to the rear. The proposal is located between an existing commercial premises and private car parking.”

The application is due to be publicly advertised this week.

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