Environment Minister gives green light for new retail development in Omagh town centre

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval for a new retail development in Omagh town centre. 

The application is for the extension and alteration to existing retail premises to provide 2,274 square meters of floorspace. This will include a hot food cafe, new service yard, car parking and alteration to the existing road junction at the site on the Dublin Road. 
The development will see the existing SUPERVALU store in Omagh Town Centre move to new extended premises on the lower ground floor of that building. Primark will take over the floorspace currently occupied by SUPERVALU. The DRD Roads Service car park will also be improved with new traffic flows and improved access off the Dublin Road. 
Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for Omagh. This development will sustain and enhance Omagh town centre as a shopping destination. The relocation and retention of the existing SUPERVALU store in the town, and the decision of Primark to start trading in Omagh, will bring a greater retail offering to people in the area and beyond. It will also bring jobs in the short term during the construction phase and then retail jobs in the long term. This is all to be welcomed.
“The opinion to approve this development was made within 13 weeks of the receipt of the application. This, and my approval for the new Arvalee School and Resource Centre today, are all boosts for Omagh and the west and demonstrate my commitment to deliver fast and fair planning decisions that create a better environment and a stronger economy.”
DOE Planning consulted with Omagh District Council on its opinion to approve this application on 3 February 2014. The Council raised no objections to the proposal.
Notes to editors:
1. Planning application K/2013/0497/F was received on 22 October 2013. It comprises the proposed extension and alteration to existing retail premises to include hot food cafe, new service yard car parking and alteration to existing road junction.
2. The proposed development by O’Kane Supermarkets will provide gross floorspace of 2,274 square metres.
3. The site is within the town centre boundary of the Omagh Area Plan 1987-2002.
4. The Department has received two objections, primarily on grounds of traffic impact on the local infrastructure and parking and flooding. Following consultation with DRD Roads Service the scheme has been revised to improve the existing traffic flow within the existing DRD Roads Service car park and access onto the Dublin Road. Rivers Agency has no objections and the development includes an upgrade to the existing underground pipe network within the site.
5. The application was presented to Omagh Council Planning and Public Services Liaison Committee on 3 February 2014 with an opinion to approve.
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