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Sam Foster Backs New Retail Proposals At Sprucefield

Published on Wed, 7 Feb 2001
Minister of the Environment, Mr Sam Foster MLA, today announced that outline planning permission should be granted for two proposed new retail developments at Sprucefield.
One proposal, submitted by Snoddons, is for a comprehensive mixed development including retail foodstore, DIY store, retail warehousing, commercial, leisure, vehicle showrooms and associated uses.
The other proposal submitted by Marks and Spencer includes demolition and removal of transmitting station and redevelopment of site to provide extension to Marks and Spencer store, instore restaurant, retail warehousing, car parking and new vehicular access.
Mr Foster said: "Sprucefield is Northern Ireland's only purpose built, out of town regional shopping centre which occupies a unique geographical location and serves a wide catchment area. I am satisfied that the scale and nature of these proposals are consistent with Sprucefield's status as a Regional Centre. Sprucefield is served by public transport and is within a key transport corridor identified by the emerging draft Regional Development Strategy. The proposals are therefore in line with sustainable transportation policy".
With regard to objections about the impact on Lisburn Town Centre, Mr Foster said:
"Both the Department and the Planning Appeals Commission acknowledge the strong state of health of Lisburn Town Centre which is not primarily dependent on the success of its convenience or retail warehousing floorspace. While recognising the very real concerns of Public Representatives and Traders, following the Public Inquiry, my Department and the Planning Appeals Commission are satisfied that there is no evidence of likely adverse retail impact".
The Planning Appeals Commission held Public Inquiries into both planning applications and following consideration of all the relevant issues concluded that planning permission should be granted.
The Department agrees with the Planning Appeals Commission recommendation that planning permission should be granted subject to appropriate planning conditions.

Notes for Editors

Snoddons

The outline planning application was submitted on 23 July 1998. An Environmental Statement including retail and traffic impact statements, was received on 5 August 1998. Article 31 was applied to the application on 22 September 1998. The total floorspace proposed extends to over 400,000 sq.ft.
The site is enclosed on four sides by the M1 Motorway; A1 Hillsborough Road; Sprucefield Roundabout; and Lisburn Rugby Football Club.
The major elements include a foodstore (80,000 sq.ft); DIY Store (100,000 sq.ft); Retail Warehousing (50,000 sq.ft); Multiplex Cinema (54,000 sq.ft); and Business Space (100,000 sq.ft).
A Public Inquiry was held during late 1999 and the PAC reported to the Department in June 2000.
The PAC recommended that outline planning permission should be granted.

Marks and Spencer

The outline planning application was submitted on 12 October 1995. An Environmental Statement, including retail and traffic impact assessments, was received on 9 May 1996. Article 31 was applied to the application on 21 February 1996.
The total floorspace proposed extends to about 150,000 sq ft.
The site is adjacent to the existing Centre extending into the existing BBC transmitter complex site.
The major elements include the extension to the existing Marks and Spencer store
(60,000 sq ft) and retail warehousing (90,000 sq ft).
Planning permission has already been granted for the extension to the existing Marks and Spencer Store, instore restaurant and car parking under a separate planning application (November 1998).
A Public Inquiry was held during late 1999 and the PAC reported to the Department in June 2000.
The PAC recommended that outline planning permission should be granted.
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