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Sainsbury’s submits Dundonald proposals

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has submitted plans for a 60,000 sq ft store in east Belfast it first announced in September last year.

The store at the old Rolls Royce factory on Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald, could create 500 jobs on opening and 250 during construction. The plans include a petrol station, a café and 550 parking spaces.

The supermarket is part of a scheme to revamp the 19 acre site. The scheme would also include light industrial units and a 120 bedroom hotel.

Chris Templeman, head of property development at Sainsbury’s, which has 12 stores in Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have reached the planning stage for a new state of the art Sainsbury’s in Dundonald.

“If successful, not only will the scheme as a whole provide more than 700 jobs throughout the process, but it shows a great commitment by us and the developers to the Northern Ireland economy and the economic recovery.

“We have had useful discussions with Planning Service as part of pre-application discussions and we would encourage Planning Service to move as speedily as possible while recognising the economic and community benefits that this investment represents in the area in the current economic climate.”