Public consultation on Carn lands plan

The lands at Carn. INPT15-040
The lands at Carn. INPT15-040

A public consultation on a proposed development of land close to Carn Industrial Estate is being held on Wednesday, April 27, in Portadown Town Hall.

The land, on the Charlestown Road, is earmarked for the creation of five industrial plots and associated road infrastructure.

It is estimated the development will create 100 jobs.

The ground has already been cleared of trees ready for the next phase which will be a planning application in May. However, this must first be preceded by a public consultation period where the local community will be able to find out the facts about the development, its impact on the local area and how it can benefit the wider community.

The man behind the project is Neil Salt, proprietor of Saltmarine Motors, with the size of the units on the 10-acre site varying from 1.5 acres to 2.5 acres

Speaking previously he said, “Both industry and the retail sector have shown an interest. They can either develop the individual units themselves to their own specification or we will build them and rent them out.

“The fact that they are close to the motorway system is a major plus – just as Seagoe and Carn Industrial estates are so successful and have provided so many jobs in the area.”

The proposed development has been welcomed by Ulster Unionist Councillor Doug Beattie. He said, “Any investment in the Craigavon area is both welcome and very much needed. These five industrial plots will be used for individual start ups and light business, bringing with it an opportunity for investment, development as well as employment.

“It proves Craigavon is a much sought-after area for inward investment with good business opportunities and an exceptional skilled and semi-skilled workforce.”