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Former Tyrone County Hospital site goes on the market

THE derelict site of the former Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh has gone on the market today (Tuesday).
Covering almost 20 acres, the grounds have been lying empty since the ‘County’, as it was widely known, closed in June 2017, with services moving to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.
In February this year, the Western Health Trust revealed that the bill to maintain and secure the site of the former hospital had reached £557,500 – and was rising with each passing month.
After deeming the site as surplus to its requirements, the Trust subsequently confirmed that it was proceeding to sell it off for redevelopment.
Cross-border estate agents Lisney, who have offices in Belfast, Dublin and Cork, were appointed to place the site on the open market “as soon as possible”.
Then, last month, it emerged that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) had moved to protect all the existing trees within the grounds of the former hospital ahead of any future redevelopment of the site.
A provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO), protecting all the trees within the boundary of the 19.79-acre site, came into force on May 17 this year.
It is now a criminal offence to cut down or prune any tree within the grounds of the former hospital without first getting the local council’s consent. Anyone found to have breached the order could face a fine of up to £100,000.
With the ‘County’ site going on the market today, Andrew Gawley, director at Lisney, said the firm anticipated “strong levels of interest”.
A hospital for over 100 years, the site comprises a large number of existing buildings, extending to c.150,000 sq. ft., to include the main hospital block, laboratory, outpatient department and administration buildings.
There are also numerous residential accommodation buildings, a tennis court and 10 car parks, providing 275 spaces.
Mr Gawley said, “Sites such as this are in demand due to the location, size and redevelopment possibilities, and as such, we anticipate strong levels of interest in this opportunity.
“The vast scale of this site lends itself to various uses including a hotel, retail, office, leisure or residential – all subject to planning permission.”
The former hospital is surrounded by various residential dwellings, benefits from good access by public transport links and is in close proximity to all local amenities, schools and healthcare facilities.
Irwin Potts, assistant director of Strategic Capital Development within the Western Health and Social Care Trust, said, “This site is located in a highly sought-after area making it an attractive proposition for various parties such as investors and developers.
“A site of this size provides limitless potential for a redevelopment project and we look forward to seeing what is in store for the future of this local landmark.”
The site is zoned as ‘White Land’ as per Omagh Area Plan 1987-2002 and development is therefore subject to all necessary consents, with interested parties also advised to make enquiries into the planning potential of the site.
The asking price is on application from Lisney.
For more information, contact Mr Gawley at Lisney on (028) 90501501 or visit: www.lisney.com

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