Retail NI Comments On Sprucefield Expansion Plan

Commenting on the proposals outlined by the owners of Sprucefield for thirteen new retail units and a hotel, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“As an organisation which campaigns for a town centre first retail planning policy, our preference is for these thirteen new retail units to be located in Lisburn City Centre, rather than in an out of town location”

“These proposals will draw trade and jobs away from Lisburn City Centre and are in breach of the planning regulations which promote town centre first retail applications”

“Out of town retail belongs in the last century. The future is 21st century town and city centres that have a dynamic mix of retail and hospitality”

“Thirteen new retailers located in Lisburn City Centre would be a big boost for existing traders, increase footfall and greatly improve Lisburn’s retail offer”

On John Lewis, Glyn Roberts said:

“It is not a surprise that John Lewis is not part of this application given that they have changed store formats and moved to having a greater on-line presence”

“I hope that we will see a John Lewis store coming to Northern Ireland in a town or city centre location, in the near future”


Glyn Roberts 07515710517