Role of retail park under the spotlight

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Role of retail park under the spotlight thumbnailThe Riverside Regional Retail Park.

COLERAINE'S Riverside retail park should compliment the town centre, rather than compete with it, a planning appeal has heard.
Consultants and legal experts clashed during the latest bid to win approval for a discount store at the out of town shopping centre.
Supporters claimed that Coleraine could lose out on 50 jobs and a much-needed 1m cash boost if the green light isn't given for a new Home Bargains' unit.
But objectors, including representatives for the Diamond shopping complex, contended that there were alternative suitable sites in various locations including the town centre.
Among those giving evidence at a Planning Appeals Commission hearing at the Bushtown House Hotel was Causeway Coast and Glens planning officer Michael Wilson.
He stressed that the Northern Area Plan stated that the retail park should strengthen the town centre, complimenting rather than competing with it.


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