THE Coleraine Times has learned there is almost 200,000 square feet of empty retail and business space in the Coleraine borough.

A document released by Coleraine Borough Council to this newspaper last week listed 34 vacant business properties in the area with a total square footage of approximately 193,282 sq ft - which equates to four-and-a-half acres.

Head of Development Services, Miss Moira Mann, revealed that her department put the list together at the request of local councillors.

“Members enquired about the position regarding availability of retail space in Coleraine town centre and the issue of retail being accommodated at out-of -town locations such as the Riverside Park on the edge of Coleraine,” explained Miss Mann.

“A property register is provided by Development Services and updated regularly through contact with local estate agents. Its purpose is to facilitate potential investors or new businesses.

“Enquiries have been made regarding availability of premises for hire or sale in the town centre and the average availability tends towards space between 2,500 to 5,000 square feet.

“In respect of availability of premises of 10,000+ square feet at ground floor level – we have been unable to identify a property of that size at this point in time.

“Another option may be to configure a retail premises over more than one floor within the town centre where ground floor space is limited. There is availability of property with greater space outside the town centre.

“In keeping with the PPS5 Policy, efforts have been made to date to protect the vitality and viability of the town centre by discouraging out of town retail other than for bulky goods.”

Full Council list of empty retail/business space:

Coleraine town centre 1st floor, good quality office accommodation in town centre location (potential parking) 3,000 sq ft.

1 Ballycastle Road, Coleraine Well furnished office accommodation (over two floors) total area: c.2625 sq ft.

Unit 1, Hanover Place, Coleraine (formerly JJB Sports) 17,000 sq ft.

Strand Office Park, Loughanhill Ind. Estate Coleraine Outstanding new office accommodation complex with full planning approval for an imminent build.

Highly accessible to bypass and fully DDA compliant.

26 New Row, Coleraine - prime town centre location first floor – 1707 sq ft. Second floor – 1961 sq ft with potential to also have ground floor –2000 sq ft.

NI Water Depot Newmills Coleraine, two storey office building. Fully furtnished to average spec. Very cellularised. NI Water will only sell as seen. Area: 14000 sq ft.

13 Union Street, Coleraine - central retail warehouse unit with parking. Area: 7295 sq ft.

1 Letterloan Road, Coleraine - industrial lands suitable for heavy industrial use c. 12.947 hectares.

Letterloan Business Park, Coleraine - highly accessible and well designed industrial business units from 4,840 sq ft to 57,253 sq ft (over several units options).

‘Killeague House’, 17 Sandel Village Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine - high specification office accommodation with excellent accessibility with DDA compliance. Area: GIA 12,327 sq ft. NIA 9,282 sq ft.

7 Sandel Village Coleraine GF of two storey offices. Fully fitted part open plan part subdivided. Area: 3,500 sq ft.

2-6 Castle Lane, Coleraine - new office building is located on Castle Lane. Highly accessible accommodation office.

31 Strand Road, Coleraine - commercial premises located on atrractive riverside location between the towns two bridges. Suitable for a wide variety of purposes(subject to planning control).

Development Site situated at Somerset Road, Coleraine - extending to c. 2.75 acres in major retail area.

Unit B3 Sperrin Business Park, Ballycastle Road,Coleraine - Workshop to let accommodation, ground floor GIA: c. 1,858 sq ft; First floor mezzanine: c. 1,629 sq ft (potential to apply for change of use).

Unit B4 Sperrin Business Park, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine - Workshop to let accommodation, ground floor GIA: c. 1,858 sq ft first floor mezzanine: c. 1,629 sq ft (potential to apply for change of use).

Unit 1 Gateside Business Park Coleraine - trade counter premises to let, ground floor GIA c. 1,335 sq ft (c. 124.02 sq m); Additional first floor mezzanine c. 618 sq ft (c. 57.43 sq m).

Unit 7 Gateside Business Park, Coleraine - modern trade counter /warehouse unit for sale/to let accommodation GIA: c. 2,548 sq ft (c. 236.76 sq m)

Venture North, Gateside Road, Coleraine Borough Council, to let new build office accommodation.

26 Lodge Road, Coleraine - commerical premises awaiting fefurbishment and renovation to let; Accommodation basement:c. 405 sq ft; Ground floor: 1,557 sq ft; First floor: 1,623 sq ft; Second floor: 450 sq ft; Third floor: 278 sq ft; Total internal area: c. 4,313 sq ft.

48 Cloyfin Road, (Unit 5) Coleraine - purpose built warehouse units for sale/to let accommodation, ranging in size from c. 2,400 sq ft to c. 3,200 sq ft.

Cloyfin Road, Coleraine - warehouse, shell building. Area: c. 18,000 sq ft.

20 Abbey Street, Coleraine - commercial premises with secure parking to rear. Two retail units 402 and 328 sq ft. 1st floor, 855 sq ft; 2nd floor 820 sq ft.

Unit 8, Loguestown Industrial Estate - ground floor retail unit 1,653 sq ft; 1st floor retail 2,051sq ft; Store 764 sq ft; Mezzanine 265 sq ft.

59 Coleraine Road, Portstewart (former Police Station) Zoned as ‘White Land’ under Northern Area Plan 2016 (draft plan). On site parking. 2,246 sq ft + attic and outhouses. Site area 0.24 acres.

15 St. Paul’s Road, Articlave - ground floor 3684 sq ft; 1st floor 262 sq ft.

Sconce Road, Articlave - workshop/storage unit 2,259 sq ft.

Railway Road, Coleraine (Former Northern Bank) - office/retail premises 3,459 sq ft.

Mill House, Railway Road, Coleraine (Former Government offices) - prime office premises with 10 parking spaces. 1st floor 3,465 sq ft; Basement 183 sq ft.

Portstewart Post Office, The Promenade.

2 Abbey Street Coleraine - first and second floor office accommodation, centrally located, 1st floor (front) 414 sq ft; 2nd floor (rear) 618 sq ft; 2nd floor (front) 996 sq ft.

35-41 Railway Road, Coleraine - ground floor unit .

Unit F4 & F5 Sperrin Business Park Coleraine - high specification retail units. Area: 3,000 sq ft.