Plans to build Ireland’s largest Tesco store near Banbridge have been rejected for a second time, it has emerged.
A recommendation by the Planning Appeals Commission to knock back the proposals has been accepted by Environment Minister Edwin Poots.
But it has been claimed that the decision could deprive the area of 600 jobs.
The retailing giant had applied for permission to build a 130,000sq ft store at the Bridgewater Park complex.
The plans were initially turned down in 2008 but that decision was appealed by the supermarket.
That appeal now looks to have been unsuccessful. A Tesco spokesman said he could not comment because the store has not yet been officially notified.
Banbridge SDLP councillor Seamus Doyle said it was a missed opportunity for the town.
“It is very disappointing and will probably mean we lose out on 600 jobs,” he said.