New NCT centre to be developed in Cootehill

The National Car Testing (NCT) Service is seeking to develop a new NCT Centre in the Cootehill area, The Anglo-Celt can confirm.

Applus, the company responsible for the operation of 48 NCT centres nationwide, is advertising for suitable serviced sites or existing premises.

It's another boost for Cootehill, which in recent weeks saw Aldi apply for planning permission for a new store in the town, the reopening of Cootehill mart and the launch of a new website.

Confirming the new Centre is coming to Cootehill, the marketing and communications manager with the National Car Testing Service, Sinead McKeown, also revealed that Navan is getting a new centre shortly.

"There is a demand in the county for a centre and we have been looking at it from a geographical point of view. The vehicle population in the county is obviously increasing and the Cavan NCT Centre is very busy. Cavan as a county is really a commuter belt for Dublin at this stage," said Ms McKeown.

"Our decision is purely down to vehicle population and the demand for the service and to cater for the needs of the people in the area," she added.


Ms McKeown said the opening an an NCT centre in Cootehill would deliver economic benefits for the town.

"There is a massive positive knock-on effect from having an NCT Centre in a town, in terms of employment and bringing new businesses into the town. It drives constant traffic to that particular area," she said.

Applus has outlined the requirements for serviced sites or an existing premises in the Cootehill area. It specifies that an existing detached building should be approximately 4,000 to 15,000 sq ft on sites of 0.5 to 1.5 acres with sufficient parking.

Serviced sites should extend to 0.5 to 1.5 acres, which are zoned for industrial development.

Submissions including full property details including site location/maps/photos are requested by post to – Property Department, NCTS, 3026 Lakedrive, Naas Road, Dublin 24 RC8V - or by email to