The land earmarked for a £100m golf resort near the Giant’s Causeway has been bought by the owner of Randox Laboratories, Peter Fitzgerald.
Planning permission was granted on the site near Bushmills, for a five-star hotel, championship links golf course and 70 golf lodges. It had attracted strong opposition.
It is believed the sale of the 1,200-acre estate is the single largest private property transaction in Northern Ireland this year.
Dr Fitzgerald is founder and managing director of the diagnostic company, Randox Laboratories, in Crumlin.