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Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Settlements: Cookstown Industry and Mixed Business Zonings (Page 1 of 2)

Traditionally, industry in Cookstown developed to the south of the town where the early linen mills were sited next to the Ballinderry River and to the east of the town where factories and warehousing could benefit from easy access to the railways. Although the linen mills and railways have long since disappeared, these areas remain the focus of industrial activity, with the Unipork food processing factory located to the east and the Blue Circle cement works to the south of the town. There has been significant investment into new industry at Derryloran and Ballyreagh. This land will be safeguarded against encroachment of inappropriate and incompatible uses (see Plan Policy IND 1).

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The southern end of the town remains the best location for industrial expansion, benefiting from ready access to the primary road network and proximity to the town's resident workforce, yet being separated from residential areas by the Ballinderry River. Access to zoned industrial lands on the eastern side of the town may be upgraded to a similar standard by provision of the Eastern Distributor Road. This area benefits from being within walking distance of much of the town's population.
65.59 hectares of land are zoned for industrial and mixed business use (see Plan Policy IND 1).
The key site requirements for each of these zonings are as follows:
I 1 Land west of Sandholes Road, adjacent to Derryloran Industrial Estate
This 26.72 hectare site is located adjacent to an existing industrial area to the northeast. The level nature of the site and good road communications make it suitable for a range of industrial, warehousing and associated office uses
A comprehensive design scheme for this site will be required which takes into account the following key site requirements:
  • adequate sewerage should be provided. This may include pumping of foul sewage to the gravity sewer on the Sandholes Road or alternatively, a link to the sewer serving the Derryloran Industrial Estate;
  • an extension to the main water supply of 320 metres is required to serve the site;
  • extensive landscaping and buffer planting of indigenous trees and shrubs should be provided to the road frontages and the western and northern site boundaries;
  • a cycle way should be provided to link with an existing scheme on Sandholes Road; and
  • a pedestrian/cycle link with Derryloran Industrial Estate should be provided.
I 2 Land east of Sandholes Road, Ballyreagh
This 2.68 hectare site is located adjacent to Copeland Ltd and behind two farm groups to the Sandholes Road. The farm groups and surrounding trees enhance the approach to the town from Sandholes Road and define the urban/rural edge. Accordingly, any development on this site should not result in the loss of these trees.
I 3 Land southeast of Sandholes Road, Ballyreagh
This 6.6 hectare site is located adjacent to the Blue Circle cement works and quarry and is made up of the work's Social Club building, a car park, tennis courts and playing fields. To the south, the site is bounded by quarry spoil heaps that have been landscaped.
A comprehensive design scheme for this site will be required which takes into account the following key site requirements:
  • the existing Social Club building on the site should be demolished to allow for comprehensive redevelopment;
  • access to the site should be limited to two entrances - one at the northern frontage with Sandholes Road and the other at the southern frontage with Sandholes Road;
  • a footway/cycleway should be provided along Sandholes Road to link the access to the existing footway/cycleway network;
  • a tree survey will be required and, where appropriate, existing mature trees and hedgerows should be retained and augmented;
  • landscaping and buffer planting of indigenous trees and shrubs should be provided along Sandholes Road and the northern site boundary adjoining Ballyreagh House;
  • a cycleway should be provided to link with an existing scheme on Sandholes Road; and
  • a pedestrian/cycle link with the Ballyreagh Industrial Estate should be provided.
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