A planning application for the construction of a goldmine and ‘associated infrastructure’ in Mid Tyrone for the Canadian company, Dalradian, has been submitted.
The firm, whose plans for the Sperrins have been the subject of much controversy during the past few years, claims it will create 350 jobs during the 25 year life of the mine in a £46.3 million investment.
It claims that the plan will boost the “local economy” by around £750 million over the 25 lifespan of the project.
But the proposal is being opposed by a number of campaign groups in the Greencastle and wider Sperrins area, who have cited concerns over the potential environmental impact on the region.
The application, which has been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure, comprises more than 10,000 pages and almost 40 reports, which the firm says have been compiled by independent experts from ‘globally recognised environmental consulting firms’.
Dalradian Chief Executive, Patrick F Anderson, said he was ‘confident’ that their submission demonstrates that the company can deliver a ‘sensitively designed’ and ‘well thought out project’.
“We are confident that a gold mine in Tyrone will not be only be economically transformative for the county but will help support a range of businesses across Northern Ireland. We are proud to be building on Tyrone’s strong engineering and manufacturing base,” he said.
It is expected that the plan will be made subject to a public inquiry at some point next year.