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Local Traders Welcome Planning Appeals Ballycastle Tesco Decision

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce have welcomed todays decision of the Planning Appeals Commission to uphold the DOEs decision to reject a major out of town Tesco supermarket. 

Both organisations led the eight-year campaign to oppose the store and late last year gave detailed evidence to the Planning Appeals hearing in Ballycastle.

In a joint statement Glyn Roberts, NIIRTA Chief Executive and Paul Cochrane, Chairman of Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce said:
 
“This is a very welcome decision which our members will be pleased with after an eight year campaign by both our organisations”
 
“It was never about stopping Tesco coming to Ballycastle, but all about the out of town location of their proposed supermarket on Leyland Road”
 
“We have always maintained that these types of stores need to be in Ballycastle town centre, rather than in unsustainable out of town locations which draw away footfall, trade and ultimately jobs”
 
“Ballycastle town centre should be the top priority for future retail development as it still has a problem with shop vacancies. It is vital that independent and multiple retailers work together to achieve this”
 
For further information contact Glyn Roberts on 07515710517