Plans to build 42 new houses in Ardboe

File photo dated 17/01/2014 of new house building work in the Malvern, Worcestershire, as growth in the construction sector has slowed to a seven-month low despite another surge in new house building starts during May. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 3, 2014. A reading of 60 for the Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) - where 50 separates growth from contraction - represents a slowdown on the rapid pace seen over the winter, including a figure of 62.5 in March. See PA story ECONOMY Construction. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/01/2014 of new house building work in the Malvern, Worcestershire, as growth in the construction sector has slowed to a seven-month low despite another surge in new house building starts during May. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 3, 2014. A reading of 60 for the Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) - where 50 separates growth from contraction - represents a slowdown on the rapid pace seen over the winter, including a figure of 62.5 in March. See PA story ECONOMY Construction. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Signs that the property market is on the up in Mid Ulster have been reinforced by the news of a potential major development in Ardboe.

Next week, a public meeting will be held in the village to discuss the proposal for 42 new houses on the site of Forbes Furniture Factory.

A statement from McGurk’s Architects in Magherafelt has called on local people to have their say.

“We’re finalising a Planning Application to build 42 new high-quality homes in a variety of house-types on the current Forbes Furniture Factory site in Ardboe,” the statement reads.

“If our Application is successful, the Furniture Factory will move to new premises on the Aerodrome. We want to find out what local people think of our proposals before we finalise our Application.

“These homes are being planned for Ardboe and because it’s important that we know what local people think, we’re holding a public ‘drop-in’ consultation event as follows: Tuesday 31 May 2016, The Tilley Lamp’ Restaurant, Ardboe, 3.00pm to 9.00pm

“Our plans will be on display at the meeting and we’ll have people there to talk you through them and answer any queries. What you say will feed into our final planning process and will be passed on to the Mid-Ulster Council Planners.

“However, this is not a Mid-Ulster Council event. When our Planning Application is submitted, people will have the chance to comment direct to the Council in the normal way.

“If you have any queries or would like to submit any comments, then please contact: edelle@mcgurk-architects.com”

Last week, the Mid Ulster Mail reported that house sales have more than doubled in the Mid Ulster District over the past year according to official figures.