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Perry Street redevelopment gets plannersí green light.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Perry Street redevelopment gets plannersí green light. thumbnailPerry Street Dungannon, which is to undergo major redevelopment.

PLANS for the redevelopment of Perry Street in Dungannon are due to take a massive step forward this week with planning permission due to be granted for the ambitious scheme tonight (Tuesday).

The Castlehill Regeneration Group, formed by members of the Orange Lodge in the town, will oversee the redevelopment work.

It is planned to knock down numbers 4-36 Perry Street and rebuild in three stages over a period of three years, with work hoped to be getting underway in spring next year, meaning the work could be completed by 2021.

The Regeneration Group hopes to accommodate businesses presently occupying the section of the street affected by moving them to different units along the street as work prog resses.

It is envisaged the final project will include eight houses and five shops in the mixed development.

One of the directors of the group, John Hobson, has said the plans are progressing well.

"We are hoping it will be a three year project once we get it going," John told the Courier.

"It's a very big project for a small company but we are confident it can be done in that timespan.

"Hopefully we'll be able to keep our present tenants and we will do our best to facilitate them throughout the process.

"We also hope everything will run smoothly and when it's done we believe it will be a big bonus for Dungannon.

"It would be nice for people coming into the town to see the nice new buildings and shops." The stretch of Perry Street concerned has been in a state of increasing disrepair for a number of years, with much of the property structurally unsound.

It was purchased a few years ago by the Castlehill Regeneration Group and there is understood to be considerable interest in taking up the new business units that will be created.

The plans are due to be ratified by Mid-Ulster District Council's Planning Committee tonight (Tuesday), having been recommended for approval by the Council's planners.

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