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Former police station site a 'prime development opportunity'

By Margaret Canning

The sale of an old police station in Co Tyrone represents a "prime development opportunity", it's been claimed.

The lands at Mountjoy Road in Omagh include the police station itself, and encompass a site of just over two acres in total.

And the site already has planning permission for a landmark office building of up to 18,500 sq ft.

The surrounding area is a combination of homes and offices, with neighbours including the Housing Executive, Showground Retail Park and Omagh Leisure Complex.

The prospective development, which is on the market through property consultants Savills and Whelan, is also close to the new £125m Lisanelly shared education campus.

Many former police stations have gone on the market in Northern Ireland in recent years, with some even being sold at auction.

In 2011, a former station in Coagh in Co Tyrone was sold at auction for £54,000 - £9,000 above the asking price.

That year, the PSNI said it wanted to close 34 police stations out of 83.

The police station at Mountjoy Road in Omagh closed down in 2009 and officers were moved to a new station at Derry Road in the town.

Construction work started in 2013 on the former barracks site at Lisanelly in Omagh, where the Lisanelly campus is located.

The £125m shared education campus in Omagh brings together six schools from various sectors.

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