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Inquiry into Derry Tesco superstore plan

By Brendan McDaid

A public inquiry into proposals for a major new Tesco superstore development in Londonderry will be held next April.

Tesco first submitted plans for a superstore, a tesco.com home shopping facility, and non-food retail unit and ancillary development at Templemore Road, off the Buncrana Road, six years ago.

The Department for the Environment has written to Derry City Council solicitor Damian Mahon informing them of the inquiry.

The Department withdrew its Notice of Opinion to refuse the Tesco application earlier this year following a preliminary hearing by the Planning Appeals Comission (PAC).

Among those who have objected to the proposals are the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and the City Centre Traders Forum (CCTF) in Derry.

The chair of the CCTF said that he and the chief executive of NIIRTA, Glyn Roberts, planned to make a joint presentation to the inquiry detailing their objections.

Mr McCrossan claimed the Tesco development would spell the end of the Springtown Shopping Centre. He said: “There is a district centre with Dunnes Stores in it in Ballymagroarty and, as with Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre, that has to be protected under planning law”.

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