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New Co Armagh industrial units to be built with potential to create 18 jobs

Development will see units for 'light industrial' and 'storage and distribution' interests

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Three new light industrial or business units – which could create in the region of 18 new jobs when occupied – have been given planning approval.

The units – each 1,000 sq metres in size – will be located within the Seagoe Industrial Estate.

An application for the development, in the name of Woolsey Holdings Ltd, has been passed by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The intended tenants of the units are not yet known.

It will see the construction of one building internally sub-divided into three units, with roller shutter doors to the front. It will match that of other industrial buildings in the area and therefore its design has been deemed “acceptable” by planners.

The development had been described as “speculative” on papers, but it was estimated that when up and running at capacity, in the region of 18 jobs could be created.

The units will be for potential ‘light industrial’ or ‘storage and distribution’ uses.

The site within the Seagoe Industrial Estate is currently listed as “vacant land with vegetation cover”.

Original papers submitted with the proposals were not able at that stage to describe the intended business use, processes or machinery to be utilised, describing as they did a “speculative development”, with such information “not known until the end user is confirmed”.

A traffic assessment said vehicle movements to the site as a result of the development would be “minimal in the context of infrastructure already provided in the Seagoe Industrial area”.

It said it was well served by public transport with safe walking and cycling routes.

“Cycling will be encouraged by the provision of a covered cycle stand,” the assessment adds.

Planners concluded that the application complied with the local Area Plan and all relevant planning policies and recommended their approval, an opinion accepted by council.

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