Exclusive : DFI intervene in Marks & Spencer planning decision

Exclusive : DFI intervene in Marks & Spencer planning decision

The Department For Infrastructure has intervened in a planning decision in relation to the amalgamation of units 12 and 13 at Riverside Retail Park, Coleraine to create a store for Marks and Spencer.

The planning application was approved on 25th May 2022 by Council's planning committee despite a number of objections by Andy Stephens ( Matrix Planning ) on behalf of Retail NI.

The Department For Infrastructure is now considering “calling in” the application based on objections raised and is assessing whether or not the proposal
would have regional or sub-regional implications.

In response to a query submitted by Causeway Coast Community, a DFI spokesperson said: "The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) issued a ‘notification direction’ to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (CC&GBC), on 25 May 2022, in relation to planning application LA01/2021/0933/F (for the amalgamation of units 12 and 13 at Riverside Retail Park, Coleraine to create a store for Marks and Spencer).

"This was to provide the Department, before a decision was issued by the council, with an opportunity to assess whether or not the proposal would have potential regional or sub regional implications and if it was an exceptional case that would warrant ‘calling in’ the application to it for determination.

"This notification was issued by the Department following the receipt of a third party request to ‘call in’ the application.  Subsequently CC&GBC notified the Department on 1 June 2022 and the notification remains under consideration at this time. It is the Department’s intention to respond to the council as soon as possible as to whether or not the application should be ‘called in’."

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