Progress on Forkhill Barracks redevelopment welcomed

June 16, 2014

Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Larkin has welcomed the granting of outline planning approval for further development of the former military site in Forkhill.

The approval for workspace units, community centre, crèche and an all-weather multi sports pitch marks a further significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Forkhill site under a joint project between the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Department for Social Development (DSD).

Speaking after attending  the launch of the second phase of development at the former British Army Camp, Mr Larkin said it would “enhance the village of Forkhill” and provide essential services to the people of the area.

“Thankfully this site is on its way to being fully redeveloped and for the children who will ultimately attend the new crèche, old photographs will be the only reminder of the military installation which once blighted this village,” said the Sinn Fein councillor.

The launch was also attended by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill, MP Conor Murphy, Mayor Dáire Hughes, local councillors and members of the Forkhill and District Development Association (FADDA).

Minister O’Neill also welcomed the planning approval saying,

“This brings us a step closer to the full regeneration of the site in partnership with the Forkhill and District Development Association (FADDA).

“Under a joint project with DSD, my department secured six acres of this site to provide places for work and recreation and transform a derelict site into an exciting innovative space. When complete, the new facilities will complement the new social housing, the first phase of which has just been completed.

“My officials will continue to provide assistance to FADDA, working in partnership with others, to help ensure delivery of their vision for the village of Forkhill.”

Echoing Minister O’Neill’s sentiments, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said,

“DSD has worked in partnership with DARD to progress this project. My Department used our land acquisition powers to acquire the site and led on the consultancy. As a result we have now acquired planning permission for a mixed use development which will meet the aspirations of the local community and support community led regeneration in this area.”