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Planning approval sought for major new business park in Newry

Newry could be set for a major new business park providing high-quality office and retail space after locally owned development company, Carnmeen Developments, submitted an outline planning application for approval.

The Newry North Business Park application for the new industrial development could become a “gateway for Newry” and boost employment in the area, with the capacity to provide over 4000 people when it is fully operational.

The plans feature more than 1m sq. ft. of office, light industrial and retail space at a site

located 4km from Newry City centre, near Carnbane.

This proposal represents the largest business investment campus constructed in Northern Ireland by the private sector and, according to Simon Best, Director of Carnmeen Developments, the business park has the potential to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rivalling Dublin and Dundalk who have seen Google and Paypal invest in recent years.

“Our vision for Newry North Business Park is a strategic all island facility which draws on the advantages of Newry’s central position within the east coast corridor equidistant between Dublin and Belfast, and within a one hour catchment of 3 million people,” said Mr Best.

“Our plans include Grade A office space to accommodate research and development, business services, supply chain and distribution.

“We want to work in partnership with the adjacent and recently developed Invest NI land reserve and to offer a competitive cross border opportunity for the co-location of front office activities with manufacturing and supply chain services.”

He continued, “This site will be carbon neutral, powered by on site renewable energy provision and connected to Newry City centre by direct road access from the A1 as well as cycle and greenway connections.

“Newry’s central position and proximity to both Belfast and Dublin presents a unique opportunity to encourage international investment in the area. We look forward to engaging with Newry and Mourne District Council and the local community with a view to making this vision a reality,” Simon added.

A decision on the application is expected within 6 months.