No timeframe for completion of the Lennard Arms regeneration project

There is no timeframe for the completion of the Lennard Arms regeneration project.

The building is set to be conserved and developed into a heritage and exhibition site.

The Lennard Arms in Clones has been on the derelict sites register since 2010.

The development of the building is being done under the Clones Regeneration Project and currently the preferred option for the project is to turn it into an exhibition and heritage centre, as well as creating a courtyard plaza.

While there is no estimated time for the completion of the entire development a feasibility studied to investigate the potential for the site has been carried out, a tender process for the building and design of the project is underway, and a Part 8 planning notice is expected to be brought for consideration by the MD at their November meeting.

The current funding for the project only covers the costs of demolition and the next round of funding would cover the conservation of historical walls, replacement of windows, and the restoration of the original hotel front.

The progress was welcomed by the members of the MD however, there were questions over the use of the three plantation houses included in the site.

Cathaoirleach of the Ballybay Clones MD Seamus Coyle explained to Shannonside Northern Sound some of the thoughts surrounding the dwellings: