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Green light for new factory, hotel and 11 houses

A new factory building, the development of 11 houses and outline planning permission for a new hotel, have been approved by Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee.
A new factory building for Specialist Joinery Group on the Coleraine Road, Maghera was given the green light at last night’s (Tuesday 2 March) meeting. The new factory will be approximately 2,700sqm and will be associated with the existing business adjacent to the current site. It is anticipated the development will create 30 additional jobs.
Full Permission was also given to the development of 11 detached dwellings in Magherafelt, with private amenity space and landscaping. Six dwellings will access onto Fern Drive and five onto the Tobermore Road.
At the same meeting, Outline planning permission was also granted for a new 20-bed hotel between the Glenshane Road and Fallagloon Road, Maghera. Whilst a future planning application with more detailed plans will still require approval, the proposed hotel would see the creation of many jobs in the area and would be ideally situated for the key tourism areas of Belfast, Derry and the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Sean McPeake, welcomed the decisions,

As a Planning Committee we have a vital role to play in helping to support strategic and sustainable economic growth here. In passing such significant developments such as additional new factory space for the long established family company Specialist Joinery Group and a new hotel for the district, we are doing just that. These developments are crucial to allow our local economy to continue to grow while also creating additional jobs for local people in Mid Ulster.

“Mid Ulster has the fastest growing population of any of the 11 council areas and with that growth comes demand for housing. The availability of quality housing is key to ensuring that local people have the opportunity to live and work in their hometowns and villages. Housing developments, particularly those close to our towns, help to ensure that we meet accommodation needs, while also contributing to the vibrancy of our retail centres.”
For more information about planning applications, and the work of the Council’s Planning Committee, visit our Planning section.

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