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Factory Space

Volume 167: debated on Wednesday 14 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total amount of factory space available for letting from the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland and the Local Enterprise Development Unit at 30 September 1989 analysed by parliamentary constituency.

Information on the amount of factory space available from the Industrial Development Board is set out at table A.While the Local Enterprise Development Unit does not normally provide factory space for letting, it assists local enterprise agencies to provide workspace accommodation for small firms. In addition, its private developers scheme encourages the private sector to provide industrial property for letting to small businesses. Figures are not available by parliamentary constituency for LEDU-related property and are therefore provided by district council area in table B.

Table A
Industrial Development Board
Parliamentary constituencyFactories square metresSmall units square metresTotal
North Belfast1,0201,020
East Antrim1,5802001,780
East Londonderry3,0703003,370
Fermanagh and South Tyrone1,5081,508
Lagan Valley
Mid Ulster3,7999444,743
Newry and Armagh1,5004011,901
North Antrim4,9904,990
North Down3,8423,842
South Armagh7003071,007
South Down1,5801,580
Upper Bann3,0003,000

Supplementary Note—Table A

  • 1. The figures shown are an aggregate of factory space and include small units held primarily for LEDU clients (under 700 sq metres).
  • 2. The analysis includes factories and small units which are ready for immediate occupation, together with those which require some refurbishment, and those which are surplus to requirements, pending disposal on the open market.
  • Table B

    Local enterprise development unit

    Factory available for letting at 30 September 1989

    District council area

    Lettable factory space (square meters)

    Armagh District Council202
    Ballymena District Council108
    Belfast City Council4,407
    Carrickfergus Borough Council740
    Coleraine Borough Council645
    Craigavon Borough Council63
    Derry City Council1,189
    Down District Council753
    Dungannon District Council1,035
    Fermanagh District Council334
    Larne Borough Council257
    Magherafelt District Council550
    Newry & Mourne District Council2,120
    North Down Borough Council198
    Omagh District Council1,484
    Strabane District Council100


    1. LEDU's local enterprise programme assists local community based groups to play an active role in economic regeneration and local industrial development by providing assistance to these groups to establish local enterprise agencies. These agencies provide workspace accommodation for small businesses in addition to business advisory services and administrative support.

    2. The private developers scheme is aimed at encouraging private sector developers to provide new industrial premises for letting to small businesses. A shortfall grant, representing the difference between the local cost of providing the premises and their commercial value on completion, is available to developers from LEDU.

    3. In one particular case in County Fermanagh, LEDU has purchased an industrial estate which is let directly to small businesses. This unique situation arose in order to ensure that eleven LEDU client companies could continue operating at the Necarne estate which had been in danger of closure. LEDU is currently negotiating the sale of the property.