The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has welcomed news of a planning application for the Desertcreat site in Cookstown.
Councillor Trevor Wilson was speaking after the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) submitted plans for the first phase of its Learning and Development Centre.
The application proposes the development of a multi-million pound critical training infrastructure for the service and includes a tactical firefighting facility over 6 floors, as well as a building with welfare and classroom facilities and a new access road.
“This is very welcome news for the site at Desertcreat and, subject to planning being granted, for the local economy of Mid Ulster,” said Councillor Wilson. “While we had aspired to see a multi-agency college established in Cookstown, this nonetheless represents a substantial investment by the Fire Service and is the first step in a two-stage development process which will meet the long-term training needs of the service”.
The application will be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee in due course.