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New owner ponders golf course plan

The new owner of land earmarked for a £100 million championship golf course and luxury hotel on the Causeway Coast is considering whether to push ahead with the plan.

Millionaire businessman Dr Peter FitzGerald has purchased the 350 acre site near Bushmills.

The land is part of a 1,200 acre estate bought by the founder of the Randox medical company.

While the price paid has not been revealed, Tughans law firm, which announced the acquisition, said it was the single largest private property transaction in Northern Ireland this year "by a considerable margin".

Planning permission for the five star golf resort had already been secured by late US-based businessman Dr Alistair Hanna before his death earlier this year.

The consortium led by Belfast-born Dr Hanna ultimately did not complete the purchase of the site and it was put on the market six months ago.

It has now been bought by Dr FitzGerald, along with adjacent land that includes Dundarave House, a 19th century stately home with 19 bedrooms, a farm and shoot business.

A statement from Tughans said: "The estate was bought by subsidiaries of Randox, the Crumlin-based medical analysis company.

"The land includes 350 acres which secured planning permission earlier this year for a five-star 120-bedroom hotel and 18-hole championship links golf course.

"The new owners are currently considering their options with regard to the implementation of the existing planning consent."

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