An application for full planning permission for the section of the Carlingford Lough Greenway linking Victoria Lock to the border is expected to be submitted to planners this month by Newry, Mourne and Down Council. It is hoped subject to approval that work could commence in 2021.

When finished the Greenway will compete with other Greenway projects throughout Ireland taking a scenic 19km route between Newry city and Carlingford village.

In response to a query from a council representative said “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, working closely with its consultants, intend to make a full planning application submission for the proposed Carlingford Lough Greenway section from Victoria Lock to the border in June 2020."

At present the Council is also working in partnership with Louth County Council on the ongoing design and approvals process for the border to Omeath section of the proposed Greenway.

The project was originally supposed to be completed in 2020 allowing walkers and cyclists the opportunity to travel on a safe route all the way to Carlingford.

A proposal of application notice was submitted to planning in September 2019 with a suggested route that crosses the road at Victoria Lock travelling through the edge of Fathom Forest, running alongside the road for most of the route before crossing back to the Carlingford Lough side of the road at the Border.

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