Environment Minister gives green light to £4.5million Omagh town centre regeneration project
Published on Thu, 4 Apr 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood has announced planning approval for the £4.5million OASIS (Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space) project that will transform Omagh town centre.The European Unions Peace 111 funded project will open up a part of Omagh that was previously segregated and inaccessible. An interlinked walk and cycle trail will revitalise a large neutral space in to a cultural and social focal point within the town centre.
The project includes the construction of a new pedestrian bridge linked from Drumragh Avenue car park to Old Market Place, a riverside walk, exercise areas, electronic information hub, artwork panels, games tables and fishing stands. It will also include the development of covered performance and stage area and a neutral civic space able to accommodate markets, concerts and general recreational activities partially occupying lands at Drumragh Avenue car park.
Alex Attwood said: “This project will make a real difference to the lives of people in Omagh and the surrounding areas. It will revitalise the town centre – opening it up to create a vibrant cultural and social hub that will attract local artists and visitors.
“This coupled with my announcement of planning permission before Christmas for the former Scotts Mill factory site will be a positive boost for Omagh. Both projects will enhance the environment and aid the economy by providing increased opportunities that will be welcomed by shoppers, artists, traders and visitors.”
The Department of the Environment consulted Omagh District Council on its opinion to approve this application on Wednesday 3 April.
Notes to editors:
1. Planning application K/2012/0553/F was submitted to DOE Planning on 23 October 2012. The Department’s opinion was presented to Omagh District Council Planning meeting on 3 April 2013.
2. The applicants are Omagh District Council
3. The application was for proposed public space area constructed above the existing car park (which is retained), includes 60m pedestrian/cycle bridge, access ramp at Old Market Place and 130m of riverside path/angling platforms.
4. The Department received no objections to the application.
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