Newry gets go-ahead for £47m out-of-town development
The development of a new multi-purpose site on the outskirts of Newry has received the green light after a judicial review ruled in its favour.
Judge Seamus Treacy dismissed claims of Newry Chamber of Commerce, which objected to the development on Carnbane Way proposed by Warrenpoint-based Hill Partnership.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan had granted the 32-acre site at Damolly Meadows planning permission before the chamber brought a judicial review claiming the application failed to properly assess the impact on the environment and the city centre.
Mr Justice Treacy ruled that none of the grounds of challenge had been established and the application was dismissed.
Hill Partnership said it was "delighted" with the decision and end of what has been a seven-year battle to develop the project.
The site will create 70 business starter units, a retail food store, 14 homes, and a coffee shop.
Hill Partnership, run by father and son Laurence and Eamon Breen, said the £47m development would create 400 permanent jobs.
Eamon Breen said: "The minister made the right decision a year ago and the judge made the right decision, now we just want to get on with it. We'll be on site before the end of the year, it will be a year build, and we look forward to bringing the jobs to Newry."
The chamber's chief executive Orla Jackson said: "The chamber continues to be concerned for the future of Newry city centre when or if this major out-of-town development proceeds."