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Durkan grants planning permission for £20million Coleraine data hub

Published on Wed, 9 Oct 2013 by ecomms@doeni.gov.uk.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for a new £20million data centre in Coleraine.
The proposal is expected to create 15 new jobs for Coleraine. It will see the development of a new building on a site on the edge of the town on Portstewart Road near the University of Ulster campus.

Mark H Durkan said: “This is a good news story for Coleraine. I welcome this type of high-tech proposal which boosts economic development. An investment of this size highlights how Coleraine is ideally positioned to harness its’ potential to attract digital companies to invest here, due to its super-fast broadband connectivity.

“This development will create jobs and will act as a catalyst to stimulate further similar development, consolidating the role of Coleraine as a digital hub for the area. The announcement that new jobs will be created is especially pertinent given the Investment Conference taking place in Belfast this week.

“This application was turned around in just nine weeks. Speedy decisions such as this emphasise my Department’s commitment, and mine, to assist business and help strengthen our economy.”

The development builds on the role of Coleraine as a digital hub with the development of Project Kelvin in recent years. Project Kelvin is a highly innovative communications infrastructure investment that connects Northern Ireland to North America, UK and mainland Europe.

Concluding, Mark H Durkan said: “Access to high speed, high quality broadband services is now fundamental for businesses to maintain their competitive advantage and expand to develop new markets. It is encouraging to see Coleraine being chosen as a perfect location from which to do this.”

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application C/2013/0303/F was received by the Department of the Environment on 6 August 2013. The proposal is for a “Proposed Data Centre and Associated Works including External Plant, Office Accommodation, Car and Cycle Parking, New Estate Road, Security Fencing and CCTV, Grasscrete Service Yard” at land within the University of Ulster (Coleraine Campus) adjacent to Portstewart Road Coleraine (75m South East of 3 Dundooan Road Coleraine) BT52 1SF.

2. The applicant is 5NINES Development.

3. There were no objections to the proposal.

4. The application was subject to the Department’s Streamlined Consultation process with Coleraine Borough Council. The Streamline Consultation Process frontloads Council consultation and allows certain types of applications to be processed quickly to a decision without the need to consult Council when the Department has formed an opinion on the proposal.

5. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of the Environment Press Office on 028 90256058. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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