Proposals to create an international motorsport racetrack in Coalisland and provide new Jaguar and Landrover car showrooms in Dungannon have moved up a gear with both developments receiving planning permission from Mid Ulster District Council.
The Council’s Planning Committee tonight (5 September) approved a planning application for Lake Torrent, a 57 acre site in Coalisland, formerly known as the ‘clay pits’, which is to become a venue for regional, national and international competitions, aiming ultimately to host events like the World Super Bike Championships and British Touring Car Championship, attracting up to 30,000 spectators.
The track is expected to be a 3.59km circuit, offering 12 turns and a mix of technical and high speed sequences, with associated pit garages, spectator gallery, hospitality facilities and new access and public link roads.
At the same meeting, plans were also approved for new Jaguar and Landrover showrooms for Donnelly Brothers in Dungannon, which has become one of only two new local franchises for the group.
Speaking after the applications were approved, Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan, said:
“This represents a significant investment in motor sport and the motor trade in the Mid Ulster area.”
“Lake Torrent is a hugely impressive and ambitious proposal which will transform a substantial and unused area of depleted clay pits into a world-class motorsport centre. The proposal represents an initial £29M investment which will create 500 jobs during construction, and 40 full-time positions on an ongoing basis. It is anticipated there will be over 500 posts on race days which will provide a significant boost to the local economy of Coalisland, and also be a substantial driver for increasing the number of visitors coming to Mid Ulster”
“I look forward to seeing the vision becoming a reality”.
“Landrover is the foundation of the Donnelly Group and this £6M investment will bring Jaguar cars to Mid Ulster, securing existing jobs in Dungannon and doubling the workforce for the brand”.
Two substantial housing proposals were also approved at the same meeting, with 65 dwellings earmarked for Magherafelt and a development of 40 detached, semi-detached, terrace and apartments agreed for Aughnacloy.
Lake Torrent is being developed by Manna Development (www.laketorrent.com).
Jaguar Landover franchise is an expansion of the Donnelly Bros provision.