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Tandragee in line for major industrial development

A major industrial development for Tandragee – aimed at attracting new businesses to the County Armagh town – is in the pipeline, Armagh I can exclusively reveal.

A planning application has been submitted and will be advertised for public consultation by DoE Planning Service this week.

The proposals are for a mixed-use development with various class of industrial uses.

It relates to the old Tandragee Enterprise Park – the site of the former Express Parcels – on the Madden Road.

The cost of the development is not known at this stage but is believed to represent a significant investment.

The hope is to convert the former storage and distribution yard into various units to be let to interested businesses.

The yard has been vacant since 2012 and the hope now is that it can be brought back into productive use.

The application has been brought forward by Tandragee Development Initiative, which was established in the town 17 years ago.

One of the directors since the outset is the former Ulster Unionist Mayor of Armagh, Councillor Robert Turner.

He told Armagh I he was excited by the plans and is confident approval will be granted.

“The plan is to convert it into units – industrial units of various and manageable sizes – for starter businesses and others,” he explained.

“We hope to get a bit of grant aid and we want to have planning permission in place as that’s part of the essential criteria.”

Previous tenants in the area of the enterprise park – including a mushroom company and oil distributor – have moved to other locations.

According to Councillor Turner, Tandragee is a “thriving town”, with industries including crisps and snack giant Tayto and oats business Whites – and the availability of these additional industrial units will add to the town’s attractiveness for investors.

“I have no doubt this will be a huge and welcome boost for Tandragee,” he added.

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