Belfast Telegraph

Proposals for Co Down filling station await approval

By Emma dDighan

A new petrol filling station is being planned for the Co Down town of Moneyreagh.

A planning application for the forecourt, and an accompanying shop, was made by Healy McKeown Architects on behalf of clients and business owners, Sam and Karen Turkington.

The site, if approved, would also include car wash facilities and parking.

It will be located south of 84 Hillsborough Road and opposite 80 Church Road.

In its application, Healy McKeown outlines there will be a demand for such a facility in the area when a nearby housing development that will accommodate over 70 new residents is completed.

"With this proposed influx of new families and residents it is proposed that the population of Moneyreagh could increase to 2,000 people in the near future," it reads. The current population of the town is 1,400.

The application also highlights the existing amenities available in Moneyreagh which it says are "limited" and "predominantly made up of community facilities" such as a school, church and community hall.

The application continues, referring to the need to support rural communities, promote sustainable development, and to achieve a sustainable rural economy.

The applicants have proposed a retail building that is "inspired by the vernacular style of buildings in the rural countryside", it adds.

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