Plans to transform one of north's most bombed police stations into holiday apartments

The former police station is to be transformed into holiday apartments.

One of the most bombed police stations in Northern Ireland is to be transformed into holiday apartments.

It has been proposed that the building in Stewartstown, Co Tyrone be converted and altered to provide four self catering units.

The one-time RUC and PSNI station shut down in January 2007.

It was bombed many times during the Troubles, and an early-morning Real IRA car bomb also damaged it and other nearby buildings in July 2000.

Plans submitted by the Stewart family, who purchased the station in 2009, will see it and the sergeants living accommodation transformed.

The security wall would be removed and main building retained with the majority of works taking place inside the station house.

Susan Stewart said the tourism plan was developed last year, even though the family has owned the property for almost a decade.

The hope is that it will open in summer 2019, subject to planning permission. The consultation period ends tomorrow.

Ms Stewart told the Belfast Telegraph that the village was close to the "geographical centre of Northern Ireland".

"We're an hour from everywhere. We know people in the area who have had no difficulty in getting beds filled," she said.

"People will be glad to see the wall coming down and it'll be a great enhancement to the village."

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