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Clearance work carried out on historic Omagh mill site

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Clearance work carried out on historic Omagh mill site thumbnailDemolition work underway

Work has started on site clearance in preparation for the redevelopment of one of Omagh's most iconic sites. A team of experts have been working at the former Scott's Mill grounds at the Mountjoy Road in Omagh over the past few days.

It is understood it is the initial steps paving the way for a new superstore and associated car parking on the site in due course, although no further announcement has been made on that front at this time.

Back in June last year David Garrett, managing director of Fane Valley Feeds, told the Tyrone Constitution the development would be a "huge injection into the economy of Omagh".

He added: "We look forward to that area of the town being substantially improved. It needs regeneration. This development can help lift that part of Omagh out of the doldrums."

"At this stage, the application is for a retail development. Subject to plans being approved, then an anchor tenant will be sought."

Mr Garrett said that a "significant number of jobs would be created" for the construction of such a store.

The application was initially for the erection of a superstore with a floor area of 5,344sqm., but it has been amended and reduced to 4,800sqm to facilitate a third access point off the Mountjoy Road. The new building as planned is a single storey rectangular shape and will sit immediately to the rear of the Social Services Building and County Hall.

The parking area is between the new building and the river and there are three accesses proposed. The existing car park layout at County Hall will be changed and integrated into a new parking layout for the overall site. There will be no change to County Hall, which remains a central government office.

Speaking yesterday (Tuesday) Mr Garrett said the recent work was merely to clear the mill site of recyclable steel pending further development.

"The work should be finished this week and the site will go quiet again. No announcement has yet been made by the developer or Fane Valley Co-op," he said.

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