26/02/2010

Craigavon Court Case Withdrawal Welcomed

One of the last hurdles to the proposed building of a major Co Armagh shopping faciity has been removed.

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots has said the way is now clear for a number of major retail developments in Craigavon to move forward.

The Minister was speaking following the withdrawal by Irwin Glenbank Ltd of a number of judicial reviews taken against the Craigavon Town Centre Boundaries Plan and against two planning approvals for retail schemes in the area.

The Minister said: "The withdrawal of these court cases is good news for Craigavon.
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"It will provide greater confidence for the development industry in the area and has lifted the uncertainty for some major schemes – particularly the planning approval granted for a new Tesco store and the planned expansion at Rushmere Shopping Centre."

He added: "I hope these developments will now proceed quickly giving a much needed boost to local employment and the economy of the Craigavon, Portadown and Lurgan areas."

Minister Poots said the decision to withdraw the cases was a victory for "common sense".

He said that now the uncertainty surrounding the local plan for Craigavon, Portadown and Lurgan town centres had been lifted, a sound framework for future commercial development and investment decisions in the area could be created.

See: 'Flawed' Planning Process Criticised

See: Largest Tesco For Portadown

(NS/BMcC)

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