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Armagh Gaol - planning approval for hotel, apartments and shops

Published on Wed, 8 May 2013 by
Armagh City & District Council last night ratified Environment Minister Alex Attwood’s recommendation for planning approval for the redevelopment of Armagh Gaol.
The plans include a hotel and spa, seven retail units, and thirty two apartments. Approval has also been given for number 6 Gaol Square to provide residential/office use.

The scheme also involves the reconfiguration of the road junctions at Goal Square and the layout to the front of the Gaol at Gaol Square, Armagh.

Armagh Gaol, including the associated cell buildings and ancillary outbuildings to the rear and the wall that surrounds the site, are Grade B+ listed.

Alex Attwood said: "I very much welcome Armagh City and District Council’s backing for the redevelopment of Armagh Gaol. It will create a vibrant destination within the city, contributing to tourism in the area and bringing an important but currently unused listed building back into use. The overall project cost is £23million, with £15million of that coming from grants to support the scheme. The proposal will create in the region of 320 local jobs.

“This is a huge redevelopment scheme which will benefit all of Armagh and the surrounding areas for many years. It will create much needed employment during the development of the site and the construction of the new buildings. It will contribute to the tourism potential of the Armagh Area, providing much needed tourism accommodation within the city.’

Armagh City & District Council was consulted with the proposal at its meeting on 7 May and raised no objections to the proposal.

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application O/2012/0349/F for the redevelopment of Armagh Gaol was received by the Department on 8 August 2012. The proposal was for ‘a change of use and extension to existing buildings to a hotel and spa, erection of seven retail units, erection of 32 apartments and refurbishment of number 6 Gaol Square, spilt between residential/office. Scheme to reconfigure road junctions at Goal Square and the layout to the front of the Gaol’ at Gaol Square, Armagh’.

2. The applicants are Trevor Osbourne Property Group, Armagh City and District Council and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

3. The Department received a total of 33 letters of objection and two objection petitions with 96 signatures. In addition, one letter of support has also been received.

4. The application was presented to the meeting of Armagh City & District Council on 7 May 2013 with an opinion to approve.

5.The Department is currently processing a parallel Listed Building Consent application and the determination of it is currently ongoing.

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