THE approval of Home Bargains has been widely welcomed as an opportunity for Limavady to develop the vitality of the town centre, and creating as many as 60 jobs.
The discount chain, founded in 1976 by Tom Morris in Liverpool, got the green light last week (Wednesday April 17) at the monthly planning committee for the long-awaited Limavady store.
The 22,000 sq ft site at the rear of Catherine Street and Linenhall Street will also include a 148-space car park, a service yard, as well as a new access road and entrance.
According to the planning application 60 new jobs will be created at the new store in the Market Yard, which would be the discount retailer’s 24th in the north.
Causeway Coast and Glens Planning Committee told the Northern Constitution: “Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for a retail unit of approximately 14000 sqft of net retail space with associated car parking at lands of former Market Yard located to rear of no.s 43-79 Catherine Street and rear of no's 24-48 Linenhall Street, Limavady.
“It is expected that the development will generate some 60 jobs when operational.”
Planning permission was approved subject to reasons set out in section 10 of the application, which is designed to protect the migration of Atlantic Salmon.
Section 10 outlines that “no piling works shall be undertaken during July-October to avoid disturbance to Atlantic Salmon migration.”
It is therefore expected that initial work on the site will begin after October of this year.
Eamonn Loughrey, from Inaltus town, planning expressed his delight at getting the project approved after years of work to ensure planning approval.
Mr Loughrey told the Northern Constitution: “I am honestly thrilled, this is fantastic news after a lot of work to make sure the project gets approved.
“Following the consultation period we didn't have a single objection from residents or traders, which shows how important the retail project is to Limavady.
“We have spent a year-and-a-half addressing any concerns raised by the planning department and any environmental concerns raised.
“We are very grateful to the planning team for working with us to get this over the line.
“It is hoped that following the period of Salmon migration, work should begin after October this year.
“Work should take between nine months and a year to complete.”