Belfast Telegraph

New plan to revitalise Carryduff Shopping Centre site

By Michelle Weir

An updated regeneration plan for one of Northern Ireland's oldest shopping centres will see part of the building demolished.

The last internal retail tenant moved out of Carryduff Shopping Centre in April 2016.

The refurbishment will extend to the former SuperValu building. The amended plan, which has just been lodged, includes the construction of 21 new apartments, three retail units and a restaurant.

The development will also include car parking and landscaping.

Three external units remain occupied by an off-licence, bookmaker and chip shop.

The plan will be considered by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and developed by Kilmona Holdings - a property company led by developer Paddy Kearney - if it is approved.

Lisburn and Castlereagh councillor Brian Hanvey said: "Carryduff has been waiting a long time for the regeneration of the shopping centre. Anyone I speak to about it is very keen to see movement on it."

Carryduff Shopping Centre was opened in the late 1980s. But the centre hit turbulent times in 2013 when anchor tenant SuperValu moved out as the result of reduced footfall.

As customer numbers continued to dwindle the remaining shops also began to close.

The last retail client was hairdresser Keith Kane.

Mr Kane said he felt forced to leave the centre, where his salon had been based for almost three decades.

At the time a charity coffee shop run by volunteers from three churches occupied a unit.

A previous planning application for the centre to be razed and flats to be built on the site was submitted in 2007 and approved in 2012, but was never progressed.

Belfast Telegraph

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