The first planning decisions to be made by Mid Ulster District Council have given the green light to investment of more than £18M in the local economy.
At its first meeting (13 April) since becoming responsible for determining the outcome of planning applications, the Council’s Planning Committee granted approval to 3 substantial applications from local businesses.
More than 80 jobs are expected to result from investment of £2.8M in a new purpose built factory at Annagher Road, Coalisland, by DMAC Engineering, a leading engineering company which provides crushing and screening machinery for the quarrying and recycling industries.
A £15M composting plant at Cabragh by Northway, which collectively with its members, employs over 1,000 people across Ireland, was also approved. The project will create work for 25 employees at the site, and is expected to sustain and generate additional employment in the wider mushroom sector, which is estimated to be worth £33M annually and is expanding as supermarkets demand for high quality, locally-grown mushrooms grows.
Chieftain Trailers Ltd, a family owned Edendork engineering business, got the go ahead for a new 1518 square metre research and development workshop at Farnlough Road, which will be used for the design, construction and modification of prototype trailers, as well as to provide office accommodation. The new facility represents a £1 million investment and a further 30 jobs.
Speaking after the meeting, Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Martin Kearney, said:
“Each of these developments will have a positive economic impact on Mid Ulster, creating and sustaining jobs and further strengthening some of our core industries.
“These first decisions show very clearly just how central a role planning policy and planning decisions have on the growth and development of our area and how important it is that, from this point forward, we have the ability to begin shaping policy to meet local needs”.
The Mid Ulster District Council Planning Committee meets every month to consider applications. Further information about the Committee and its decisions can be found at here.