Doherty backing for Adria site plans

Strabane’s MP has backed revised plans for the redevelopment of the vacant Adria site in the town.

Sinn Fein’s Pat Doherty says changing the plans will make the site more attractive to investors.

Under the new proposals, the site’s designation will change from ‘industrial use’ to enable a ‘mixed use development.’

Mr Doherty says he has been told by Dr Chris Boomer, the Principal Planning Officer in the Western Area that the plans have been “agreed in principle.”

“This change in designation is a major step forward and will hopefully now lead to the derelict factory site being developed in a manner in keeping with the surrounding residential environs,” he says.

“We also were arguing that it was highly unlikely that any investor would seek to secure the site for ‘industrial use only’ as industrial investors now prefer to locate beside other industrial operators and have preference for Greenfield sites with room for expansion and access onto a main arterial route.

He says the site’s redevelopment is much needed for the town’s wider regeneration and includes provision for a permanent build for the local Gaelscoil.

“I hope that in the short to medium term an outcome can be achieved which will be of satisfaction to all stakeholders and particularly to the local community,” Mr Doherty says.