Armstrong Medical are proposing a sizable expansion to their existing medical manufacturing facility at Wattstown Business Park, Newbridge Road, Coleraine.
Armstrong Medical is a specialist manufacturer of respiratory care products employing in the region of 200 people.
It was formed in 1984 by John Armstrong MBE after recognising a need to develop critical care products, particularly for patients suffering from lung injuries due to the impact of bomb blasts. It went on to develop a range of acute respiratory care products for critical, perioperative and neonatal care, exporting to more than 60 markets. The business was acquired by Comber-based Eakin Healthcare Group in 2020.
The proposed 7000sq foot development on lands north west of Armstrong Medical will enable expansion of the existing medical manufacturing facility to provide additional manufacturing and storage floorspace, ancillary offices, staff parking and service yards.
Causeway Coast and Glens Council Planning department received the Pre-Application Notification on July 27. The planning application for the development cannot be submitted any sooner than 12 weeks from the date the Pre-Application Notification was received by the planning office.
Notice of the application was sent to all Coleraine councillors on the same date.
An online public consultation with neighbours and the wider public will go live on Tuesday, September 21, running until Tuesday, October 5.
This will include an online consultation webpage with information at www.gravisplanning.com.
Under normal circumstances consultation would have taken place through a public event, however, due to current Covid-19 restrictions the public consultation event is being held online.
This will enable interested parties to view the plans and details of how to get in touch with members of the project team to provide feedback on the plans before a planning application is submitted to Causeway Coast and Glens Council.
For anyone who does not have internet access, they can contact Gravis Planning answerphone service on 028 9692 7258 and follow the instructions for ‘Armstrong Medical Expansion’ or write to Gravis Planning, 1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ to request a copy of the online consultation documentation to be posted out alongside a free post return feedback form.
Leaflets with information on the public event have been distributed to all properties within a 100m radius of the application site.
Plans can be viewed when the consultation goes live at: www.gravisplanning.com/current/live-projects and click on ‘Armstrong Medical Expansion’