Approval sought for next phase of former Forkhill barracks development

March 29, 2016

The next phase in the development of the former military barracks in Forkhill will include an ‘open space’ area featuring artwork depicting unique characteristics of the Ring of Gullion.

Subject to the approval of plans for the scheme submitted by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the project could get underway within months.

Last October, Park Urney, a new housing scheme built on the site, officially opened, marking the first stage of the redevelopment of the land which was relinquished by the Ministry of Defense as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

Now the Council has unveiled plans of further development to provide specially designed green spaces with planting, seating areas and pedestrian walkways, accessed through a curved stone entrance welcoming visitors to Forkhill.

Among the features of the development will be a scaled model of the Ring of Gullion peaks, alongside an interpretation board, which is being likened to an ‘outdoor classroom’.  Artwork depicting the flora, fauna and folklore will complement information on the name and height of each peak.

An artist will be appointed to work on the designs, in conjunction with input from the local primary school children.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have jointly funded the appointment of Groundwork NI to assist Forkhill and District Development Association in the production of design options and the overall site development proposals.