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Angela Smith Announces Decision on Four Major Retail Applications In South Belfast

Published on Thu, 6 May 2004
Environment Minister, Angela Smith, MP, announced her decision to approve a retail application at Newtownbreda today. The Minister also announced that three other retail applications in the area would be refused planning permission.
Angela Smith said: " In accepting that the need for a single food superstore in the South Belfast and Castlereagh area had been confirmed following a Public Inquiry, I am satisfied that the Tesco, Newtownbreda proposal complies with all policy tests. The three other retail applications in the area failed to comply with policy and are being refused on clear policy grounds."
The Minister said the Tesco, Newtownbreda application was being approved, subject to the provision of agreed access arrangements and associated roadworks.
The applications to be refused on policy grounds are Barleygold, Saintfield Road; Morrisons, Danesfort and Safeway, Hydebank.

Notes to Editors

  1. Brief details of each application are attached.
  2. The main reasons for refusal include failure to meet retail policy (PPS5); contrary to the Belfast Urban Area Plan; and adverse traffic impacts.
  3. The refusal notices on Barleygold and Morrisons are final planning decisions.
  4. The decision notices on Safeway and Tesco are interim Notices of Opinion which can be appealed by the applicant. Barleygold, Saintfield Road

    This application sought outline planning permission for a 6000m2 retail unit (superstore), petrol filling station and a park and ride facility, outside the Belfast Urban Area (BUA) development limit and within BUA unzoned lands. It was the subject of a Public Inquiry which was conjoined with the Danesfort Public Inquiry.
  5. Morrisons, Danesfort

    This application sought outline planning permission for a 4640m2 retail unit (superstore) in the eastern part of the grounds of NIE HQ at Danesfort, off the Stranmillis Road. It was the subject of conjoined Public Inquiries with the Barleygold proposal.
  6. Safeway, Hydebank

    This application sought outline planning permission for a 6297m2 retail unit (superstore), petrol filling station and ancillary uses, on land between the Belvoir, Newtownbreda and Milltown Roads, presently used as Castlereagh Borough Council-owned playing fields, commonly referred to as Hydebank. This proposal was submitted shortly before the conjoined Inquiry.
  7. Tesco, Newtownbreda

    This application sought outline planning permission for a 6686m2 retail unit (superstore) on a former industrial site at Newtownbreda Road. It was submitted after the conjoined Public Inquiries.
  8. Further Press information contact DOE Press Office, tel 028 9054 0013, press.office@doeni.gov.uk
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