Sinton’s Mill in Tandragee has been sold for £110,000 at public auction.
The 2.8 acre site, which includes the grade B2 listed former mill building, sold for well above its reserve price of £30,000 at the auction in the Europa Hotel, Belfast.
The agent, Lambert Smith Hampton, was unable to reveal the identity of the purchaser and what the plans are for the site.
There were previous attempts to redevelop the property, in 2002 and again in 2009, but both of these did not proceed.
The property has full planning permission, granted five years ago, for the ‘repair and remodelling of existing listed buildings to provide 59 residential units, including new build apartment blocks for a further 113 units (total 172 units), with provision of a basement car park’.
The mill, originally established as a corn mill in the 1860s, was used for the production of linen and was in operation until the 1990s.
Councillor Robert Turner said that while he would welcome the redevelopment of the mill into housing, he would like to see the chimney preserved.
He explained, “It’s a real landmark in Tandragee and a symbol of the days when the mill created so much employment in the area. It’s part of the history of the town.”
Jimmy Clayton, of Tandragee Development Initiative, agreed that whatever the future is for the mill, he would like to see its character preserved. “It gave work to an awful lot of people and there used to be a row of houses beside it where the workers lived,” he said.
“Anything that can be done for the betterment of the town would be welcome but, as in everything else, it will take money to develop it.”
An £8m development, proposed in 2002, planned to convert the mill into leisure, office and residential facilities. However, it is believed that difficulties arose when the mill was given ‘listed’ status.
In 2009, a proposal for a £10 million housing development was approved, but this, too, failed to go ahead.