1,130 new jobs to be created in Newry
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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