Belfast Telegraph

Home Bargains given the green light to build Limavady store after two years

Home Bargains is investing £1m into the Belfast retail venture (Matthew Cooper/PA)
Home Bargains is investing £1m into the Belfast retail venture (Matthew Cooper/PA)
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Budget retailer Home Bargains has been given permission to build a new 14,000 sq ft store that is expected to create 60 jobs.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's planning committee signed off on the proposal for Limavady on Wednesday.

It paves the way for a new retail development totalling 21,829 sq ft at the former livestock market yard in the town, next to the River Roe.

The new Limavady outlet will be the 24th Home Bargains store here.

It comes just days after Home Bargains announced a new Belfast superstore as part of a £3m expansion of the Park Centre on Donegall Road.

Home Bargains is investing £1m into the Belfast retail venture, with B&M bargains and landlord Latt Ltd each investing £1m.

Planning approval for the new Limavady store comes more than two years on from the original submission of the planning application by Home Bargains' Liverpool-based owner TJ Morris Ltd.

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The retail group, which has around 500 stores, passed the £2bn turnover mark last year, recording a pre-tax profit of £202.7m.

The former mart site in Limavady was vacated prior to 2000. A number of attempts to develop the site have previously been started and abandoned.

The new planning proposal will see a 21,829 sq ft retail building with 185 parking spaces developed on the site.

It its design statement, Home Bargains said: "The objective is to revitalise the disused Catherine Street site, providing local residents with choice and quality of provision as well as creating between 50 and 75 new jobs within the community."

During the application process, Home Bargains was required to consult extensively with various statutory bodies.

In the end, Causeway Coast planning officials found that the proposal represented a suitable use of land within the town centre: "The proposal will result in the redevelopment of a derelict site.

"The scale and design of the proposed retail unit is considered to be acceptable and will not result in any significant adverse visual impact on the wider landscape, streetscape, or upon the designated area of townscape character or listed buildings.

"The proposal will not have any significant adverse impact on the natural environment or upon road safety."

The council's planning committee agreed and passed the application.

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