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Extra land secured for education campus

Plans for an integrated education village at a former military site have moved a step forward after land from a second base was secured for the £100m scheme.

Previously the 140-acre Lisanelly Army Barracks in Omagh was gifted to the Department of Education for a pioneering campus housing six post primary schools.

It was announced that the flood plains of the adjacent St Lucia base will also be gifted for use in the Co Tyrone project.

The news was welcomed by Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott, who said it was a “step closer” to the completion of the campus.

West Tyrone UUP councillor Ross Hussey said the council had been fighting hard to ensure that the former Lisanelly site and the flood plains at St Lucia would be used for the campus.

“I am delighted to see that the lands will soon be in the ownership of the Department of Education and hopefully this will act as a catalyst to see the campus move from a plan to a reality,” he said.

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