Planning Permission for New Coca-Cola Plant
Published on Wed, 11 Jan 2006
Environment Minister Jeff Rooker is to grant planning permission for a major new manufacturing and bottling plant for Coca-Cola outside Lisburn.
The proposed development at Knockmore Hill will provide an all-Ireland bottling plant to replace existing facilities north and south of the border. These do not have sufficient space to expand to meet the anticipated growth of the all-Ireland business.
Coca-Cola chose the site at Knockmore Hill after a detailed search which considered over 60 locations throughout Ireland. It was considered the least environmentally sensitive site which best met the needs of the company, and, importantly, it had access to an underground water source of appropriate quality.
Jeff Rooker said: "This major industrial project represents £53m of inward investment and should provide long term economic benefits to the whole of Northern Ireland. It will safeguard existing jobs and create further employment opportunities both with Coca-Cola and in the wider economy."
Notes to Editor
The proposal includes a total of 50,175 square metres of gross floorspace made up of: a manufacturing plant and bottle and can filling facility; utility systems to provide energy required in running the plant; a waste treatment facility; warehousing; office accommodation, and a water extraction facility.
The overall proposals will also include widening of the Lissue Road, leading to the access to the site and upgrading of the level crossing on the main Belfast-Dublin rail line. These proposals will be submitted to DOE in a separate planning application.
The Regional Planning Policy set out in Planning Policy Statement 4 Industrial Development recognises certain major industrial development may have to locate outside the development limits of settlements because of their size and site specific requirements. The contribution to the regional economy is also an important planning consideration in this context.
The water extracted from underlying sandstone aquifer at Lambeg is of proven quality and has been used for the production of bottled water for a number of years.
DOE Planning Service received no objections to the proposed development.
Lisburn City Council and the local MP Jeffery Donaldson have supported the proposal.
Further Coca-Cola information contact Myra Campbell 028 9260 0035.
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