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.

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.