Nesbitt Announces Planning Permssion For Major Developments In Newtownards
Published on Fri, 22 Mar 2002
Dermot Nesbitt, MLA, the Minister of the Environment, today announced notice of opinion to grant planning permission for a major development involving significant investment in Newtownards.
The major development is south of the town centre.
Mr Nesbitt said: "The development in Newtownards will make a major contribution to the regeneration of the town. The proposals include a food superstore, retail warehousing and business parks. This means that the ‘brownfield’ sites in the south of the town are being used to their full potential.
"Further, a new road bypassing Newtownards town centre is an integral part of the package. This will assist traffic movement around the town and bring considerable benefits in terms of reduction of traffic in Newtownards town centre and improvement in the environment for shoppers."
Referring to the benefits for Northern Ireland as a whole, Mr Nesbitt said: "The major developments at Newtownards and as proposed at Belfast International Airport last week are very significant. They represent major investments in Northern Ireland, which will bring considerable benefits in terms of employment opportunities, improved facilities, and better roads."
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