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Solar Farm And £5M Housing Development Get Green Light

15 January 2016

A solar farm near Cookstown and a £5M housing development in Magherafelt are among the latest schemes to receive planning permission from Mid Ulster District Council.

The Planning Committee (11 January 2016) gave the go-ahead to a solar farm which will be created on a 15 hectare site on the Moneymore Road and have a capacity of 4.9MV.

The Dale Farm creamery at Dunmanbridge, the largest milk processing site in Northern Ireland, will be the chief economic benefiter, receiving less expensive, as well as a more available and reliable source of power, helping to contribute to its effectiveness in a competitive marketplace.

In Magherafelt, a housing development of 75 dwellings at Salters Bridge is due to begin this spring, at a cost of £5M and with the creation of around 50 jobs.

The scheme is considered to be a quality design, including extensive areas of open space along the watercourse on the site, which will act both as an amenity for new residents and an important buffer from flood risk.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Martin Kearney, Chair of the Planning Committee, said:

“Both these developments will support the creation of direct jobs, as well as bringing indirect employment opportunities to the area. The solar farm in particular is an example of how planning at a local level can support rural diversification and job creation, but also, crucially, help to ensure that a major employer and significant home-grown business benefits from a more economical source of power. This all contributes to creating a sustainable economy, which is focused on growth.”

For more information about the work of the Planning Committee click here.

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