Caledon Conservation Area Extended
Published on Wed, 17 Sep 2003
DOE redesignated the Georgian village of Caledon as a Conservation Area today. Caledon was originally designated a Conservation Area in 1984, and the boundaries have been extended to include important sites within the Conservation Area.
To mark the designation, the DOE Planning Service has published a short pamphlet outlining the history of Caledon and a revised booklet which describes the Conservation Area providing design advice to guide development.
Pat Quinn, the Planning Service Director of Planning Services, said:
"Today’s redesignation will assist the ongoing conservation led regeneration which is happening in the village. Regeneration is being guided by "the Caledon Comprehensive Development Plan". Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council is playing a lead role in "Caledon Regeneration Partnership Ltd" which involves both the public and private sector. This partnership approach has already led to the restoration and re-use of a number of historic buildings."
Local Planning Officer Malcolm Lake, said:
"There are a number of projects including Caledon National School which has been renovated and extended for use as a community hall; Mill Street Cottages which have been restored and extended; the restoration of the Prentice Memorial and the resurfacing of the yard which forms the forecourt to the former Markethouse; and the renovation of the Corner Bar Public House.
"Funding for these and other schemes has been provided by DOE, the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the Department for Social Development and the International Fund for Ireland as well as from private sources."
Malcolm Lake, said:
"The regeneration of the village is set to continue with a number of other projects in the pipeline including the restoration of the William Murray designed 1822 courthouse and dispensary and the renovation of the former Caledon Arms Hotel. Two key, mainly residential terraces in Main Street, the Estate and Bank terraces, will also be renovated. Further building projects are proposed as well as an environmental improvement scheme on Main and Mill Streets, and Church Hill."
Notes to Editors
The formal regeneration ceremony at which both Mr Quinn and Mr Lake will be available for interview will take place in the old National School, Main Street, Caledon, Co. Tyrone between 10 and noon, Wednesday 17 September 2003.
Further information contact DOE Press Office tel 028 9054 0014.