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Shopping centre will create 300 jobs in community hub

BY MICHAEL MCHUGH

A shopping centre redevelopment creating 300 permanent jobs was approved yesterday by Planning Minister Edwin Poots.

Mr Poots said the investment boost for the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre in Dunmurry would produce 200 construction posts in an area of high unemployment.

“When complete, the new Dairy Farm Shopping Centre will not only provide permanent employment opportunities but it will also benefit local businesses by providing quality premises close to main transport routes, a further positive outcome in support of the Northern Ireland economy,” he added.

It will take two years to build.

Plans include a new retail outlet with food superstore, retail units, offices and petrol station.

They also envisage a gym and the retention of the existing library.

This is the seventh major planning application approved by |the Environment Minister in the past year.

Centre manager Sean Toal said: “This approval marks the beginning of an exciting new future for the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to what will become the main shopping and community hub within the area.”

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