A new publication is showcasing several of the districts development opportunities to potential investors across the globe.

The Belfast Region Investment Guide documents 27 opportunities suitable for industrial, logistics, regeneration, or tourism development, two of them in Newry City.

The vacant North Street site has been listed as a regeneration opportunity in the Belfast Region Investment Guide. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
The vacant North Street site has been listed as a regeneration opportunity in the Belfast Region Investment Guide. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

Describing Newry the guide says "Newry, Mourne and Down District Council occupies the southeast of Northern Ireland, which includes southern County Armagh and a large part of County Down. The area is strategically placed, being approximately 45 minutes from both Belfast and Dublin on the A1 Euro Route. This district council has a population of approximately 107,000 people.

"It incorporates the majestic Mourne Mountains an area of outstanding natural beauty and has an extensive coastline stretching from Strangford Lough to Carlingford Lough."

The two opportunities showcased for Newry City are North Street, Newry and Carnmeen Lands.

The vacant 1.8 acre North Street site, used presently as a temporary car park has been highlighted as a regeneration opportunity. The listing describes the site as a cleared brownfield space, ripe for redevelopment. It suggests it would be suitable for a variety of uses, including retail, office accommodation, a hotel or for housing.

Forty acres of land at Carnmeen immediately adjacent to the Invest Northern Ireland lands at Newry are suggested as a Logistics / Manufacturing opportunity. Describing the site the listing says "The subject lands offer a unique opportunity to develop a dynamic, employment generating business and education campus on a large greenfield site. The land is in a strategic location with profile and direct access onto the Dublin Belfast M1 corridor at Newry. The connectivity to the cities of Dublin and Belfast and their airports and ports, as well as access to potential employees from both locations, is a very significant advantage of this location for potential occupiers and investors. Potential uses suggested for the site include industrial logistics, manufacturing and offices. The current planning application is for B1 office and B2 Light Industrial."

Speaking about the Guide Councillor Laura Devlin, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said “We have been working with our City Deal Council partners to position the Belfast City Deal Region as a prime location for global investment, tourism and regeneration. As a Region we bring together a range of exciting real estate opportunities for developers and investors, which are brought together in the Belfast Region Investment Guide 2021 which is launched today. This guide also sets out the key reasons why the time is right for investing in our Region, including our strategic location, the availability of skills and talented labour, and the strength of our innovative and resilient entrepreneurial base.”

Also listed is the 3.76 acre Mount Caulfield House Site at Bessbrook described as a Tourism / Leisure / Residential opportunity suggesting the site would be suitable for a mixed development opportunity, for tourism in the form of a guest house or hotel with possible rental holiday cottages or housing development.

Downpatrick Police Station and Mourne Park Estate, Kilkeel are also included.

 View the guide below.

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