Concern over late ‘spate of lobbying’ prompts appeal to Chief Planner

Fears over planning intervention from political heavy weights for out of town site

Concern over late ‘spate of lobbying’ prompts appeal to Chief Planner

Coleraine’s Riverside Retail Park, site of a £4m redevelopment scheme that could create 80 jobs

Peter Winter

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NORTHERN Ireland's Chief Planner has been asked to apply “overwatch powers” after five political heavyweights launched a last minute lobbying campaign in support of an out-of-town retail development.

Three MLAs, an MP and Northern Ireland's Economy Minister all intervened on a £4m proposal to refit of a vacant unit at Riverside retail Park.

Isle of Man-based Kelvin Properties lodged the application to build a new 40,000 sq ft shop complete with garden centre to replace empty premises beside Poundstretcher.

It's understood, national home-ware chain, the Range is lined up for the site.

Documents accompany the planning application suggested 80 new jobs could be created.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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