‘Future of site a matter for the new owner’ says department

Any plans for the Kernan site will be a matter for the new owner, a spokesperson for the Department for Social Development has said.

A statement released by the department said, “The land in question, which is zoned as white land in the Craigavon Area Plan 2010, was deemed surplus and, in accordance with guidance published by DFP’s Land & Property Service’s Central Advisory Unit on the Disposal of Surplus Public Sector Property in Northern Ireland, was placed on the open market.

“An offer for the land has been accepted and the Department anticipates completion of the sale shortly.”

It added, “The future use of this site is a matter for the new owner and, if the site is to be developed, the planners of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

“The potential purchaser has been made aware of the concerns of local residents.”