Northern Ireland minister Edwin Poots accepted a recommendation by the Planning Appeals Commission to snub the proposals for a store in Banbridge, County Down. The architects on the scheme were Belfast-based Ostick and Williams
Tesco had wanted to build a 130,000sq ft store at the Bridgewater Park complex. The supermarket giant already has a store in the town but would have closed it, hadthe new proposals been approvedl.
The plans for the Banbridge store were initially blocked in 2008, but considered again at a public inquiry in June this year.
The minister said it was a difficult decision, but that if the plan had gone ahead it would have led to ‘a significant loss of trade’ in the town centre.
The Tesco scheme was being backed by three property development companies: Guernsey-based businessman John Farmer’s GML Estates, Land Securities, a London-based developer and Stoney Properties, owned by the Newry-based Murdock family.