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McCausland announces progress on regeneration of Curran Street area in Portadown

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced further progress to deliver the regeneration of the vacant Curran Street site in Portadown.
Monday, 25 March 2013

Oaklee Homes Group Ltd is in negotiation to acquire the site and develop it by delivering up to 35 houses of which there is a requirement for 15 units of social housing. The proposal also includes supporting neighbourhood retail and office accommodation.

Nelson McCausland said: “This is a significant milestone in the regeneration of the Curran Street site. The site has lain derelict for some time and these plans will help to regenerate an area of Portadown which has been blighted for much too long.

“The development will be a major boost for the residents of the town. It will provide much needed housing and business space and help to create jobs in these hard financial times.

“My Department has worked with local representatives and statutory bodies in assessing how this site could be revitalised. We are now confident that the site will be regenerated to its best use in accordance with approved planning permission. We are committed in setting out a powerful vision for urban regeneration and economic development across Northern Ireland and Portadown is part of that vision.”

The Department for Social Development is currently working closely with the NIHE nominated Oaklee Homes Group Ltd, who is committed to delivering the regeneration of the Curran Street/Obins Street site as per the original planning approval. The Housing Association expects to complete the acquisition in the next few months and work to commence later in the year.

Notes to editors:

  1. The proposed redevelopment of the Curran Street will be taken forward by the Oaklee Homes Group Ltd.
  2. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9494. Out of office please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.