More than 40 enquiries into ex-army land

Aerial shot of the Shackleton site looking over Lough Foyle and towards Donegal.

Aerial shot of the Shackleton site looking over Lough Foyle and towards Donegal.

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There have been more than 40 enquiries into the sale of ex-army land for sale at the former Shackleton base in Ballykelly, it has emerged.

The former military barracks was gifted to the Executive on 7 October 2011. The total Shackleton site area extends to approximately 716 acres. A lot being sold to NI Water and a second lot to be sold to DARD for its new headquarters.

A spokesperson for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister said Lambert Smith Hampton, the selling agent, “has received more than 40 enquiries from a wide range of interested parties. The deadline for the submission of proposals to purchase the Site is noon on 2 October 2015”.

The spokesperson was unable to provide details of the interested parties “due to the commercially sensitive nature ‎of the sale process”.

“However, we can confirm that enquiries have been made from organisations operating in a wide range of sectors in local, regional and international markets,” said the spokesperson.