1,130 new jobs to be created in Newry

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
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The Greenbank Industrial Estate development will create up to 1,130 new jobs

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced his decision to grant planning permission for a significant new development at Greenbank in Newry.

Greenbank Industrial Estate on the Warrenpoint Road will be transformed with cafes and restaurants, an Enterprise/Innovation Centre, fifty apartments for use as social housing, a food store, non-food retail units, a covered mall and a new riverside walkway and cycleway. It is anticipated that this will create 1,130 new jobs in Newry.

Alex Attwood said: “This will be a tremendous boost for the city of Newry. It will bring significant economic and social benefits, including up to 1,130 new jobs, much needed social housing and a new riverside walkway and cycleway. This is especially welcome given the economic downturn.”

He continued, “I am very conscious of the fact that there are jobs associated with the existing business on the site, and I recognise the ongoing efforts to acquire an alternative site in Newry to which the existing businesses can be relocated. There is no doubt that the proposed redevelopment of the site will help create a better place to live, work and invest in the Newry area.”

The proposal will help deliver a number of the objectives in the Programme for Government including increasing visitor numbers, supporting the promotion of new jobs and delivering social housing.

The Minister added, “This is just one of many large planning applications, known as Article 31s, that I am making decisions on. There are around 50 applications in this category in Northern Ireland at present and I intend to have decisions on the majority of those in the coming months, decisions which will be a catalyst for significant social and economic benefits for Northern Ireland.”


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10 Comments for “1,130 new jobs to be created in Newry”

  1. Des

    FABULOUS! How can these politicians attend an event in Stormont lamenting the decline of our town centres one day and grant planning permission for this the next? Joined up Government at its best!

    Why not focus on revitalising Hill Street, reinstate pedestrian zones, incentivise restaurants and bars to create a cafe culture and get some businesses into the town centre to breath some life into it.

    This is not good news! quite the opposite, what is more likely is that no private sector company will purchase the site, has anyone bought the middlebank? And even if they did, how would they attract the businesses and people to occupy this new development?

  2. James

    Just another multi-national development for the super rich. Another killer blow to us small local business owners in Newry

  3. Kieran

    Yes! Des does have a point, however until the parking situation is solved in Newry town centre, then I and others like me will continue to travel elsewhere to shop. Take a look at 5ways, free parking, easy access etc or even go to Banbridge and a certain supermarket and you will see hoards of shoppers from Newry and yes FREE Parking. Sorry but things are hard enough at present without being ripped off for parking, or using up valuable expensive petrol while sitting in traffic. Get that sorted first and then you will be able to get the shoppers back.

  4. sean

    well done Alex, u just put another nail in hill street…… why spend 1.5million on hill street and monaghan street for people when the heart is going to be sucked out of the town centre…. local retailers are getting it tough enough with out more out of town developments

  5. Tiarnán

    Don’t worry about it; unless they turn the Upper Warrenpoint Road into a dual carriageway and build a southern relief road then this entire development is a complete waste of time

  6. Niall

    New job announcements are always welcome but most of these jobs will be in the construction sector so they are not exactly permanent. Retail jobs will also be created but this is not regarded as highly paid sector either. Newry for all the business it has seen in recent times still looks ugly and run-down. Newry needs to be regenerated with enhanced cultural activites and leisure facilities. Newry is surrounded by excellent schools, creating lots of university graduates. We need to focus on getting sustainable businesses to locate in Newry for future ecomic development to provide employment for all of our highly qualified people. This should reduce the vast numbers of good young people who leave Newry each year.

  7. lewis watson

    The Newry chamber should be coming up with solutions to the problems experienced by HillSt and Monaghan St in the face of stiff competiton from the quays and buttercrane.
    Do they have any ideas on how to bring the people back to Hill street other than a much needed visit to a banking Institution or the credit Union.
    I personally believe Hill Street should be supported, but not at the expense of competition from other places within our town.

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