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Green light for new offices at historic Galgorm Castle

Published on Mon, 5 Aug 2013 by
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced DOE Planning approval for over 2,500 square metres of office space in the grounds of historic Galgorm Castle.
The scheme will bring an investment of £3million to the area with high specification offices and workspace units. These are designed sympathetically to complement the Grade A listed Castle and the existing business park that previously won a prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award for building restoration of the year.

There are already 20 small businesses in the business park which has attracted international firms including an American engineering company and a South Korean software company.

This is part of an overall investment of £8million by Galgorm Castle Estate. A championship golf course, due to hold the Northern Ireland Open later this summer is already in place; a new garden centre is currently under construction bringing with it restoration of the original Jacobean walled garden; while plans for the future restoration of Galgorm Castle itself are being advanced.

Mark H Durkan said: “This is a real boost for Ballymena. It will attract businesses and therefore jobs to the area – both local and international, as well as creating jobs during the development and construction phases.

“As new Minister, I will be pushing our planners to make the right decisions as quickly as possible. This application was turned around within four months and proves how the planning system can deliver swiftly for local businesses seeking to provide significant investment and employment in their local areas.

“What I and DOE are about is creating a better environment and a stronger economy. This development is a key piece of a jigsaw that is all coming together to revitalise this historic estate whilst bringing significant economic benefits to the local area.”

Notes to editors:

1. Application G/2013/0153/RM was received by the Department on 23 April 2013. The proposal is for erection of office/workspace units with associated vehicle parking on lands to the south of Galgorm Castle, Galgorm Road, Ballymena. The high specification offices and workspace units will range in size from some 50 square metres to 500 square metres.

2. The applicant is the Galgorm Castle Estate Ltd and the designers of the scheme are GM Design Associates.

3. No letters of objection were received.

4. The application was dealt with by South Antrim Area Planning Office under the Department’s streamlined procedures and following notification on 20 May 2013 Ballymena Borough Council raised no concerns.

6. For media enquiries and photos contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, call the Duty Press Officer on 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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