Northern Ireland

Magherafelt supermarket plans submitted by Corbo

Woman in supermarket
Image caption There are now four planning applications for new supermarkets in the town

The owner of Ballymena's Fairhill Centre has submitted plans to build a 50,000 sq ft supermarket in Magherafelt.

Sam Morrison's company Corbo has submitted plans to build the shop at Ballyronan Road.

The proposal would involve demolishing a filling station and shop units.

None of the major UK supermarkets have a presence in Magherafelt and there are now four planning applications for new supermarkets in the town.

One of the rival plans has been submitted by Merit Investments, a firm owned by the Magherfelt-based Conway family.

Their plans involve a development at Moneymore Road.

Assets

The third plan involves demolishing the Forbes Furniture store on the Castledawson Road and building a supermarket in its place, close to the existing Lidl store.

The final plan involves building on agricultural land between Thornhill Avenue and Oakvale Manor. That application has been submitted by RSL Developments, which has an address in Antrim.

Each of the developers would need to attract the support of a supermarket operator who would lease the development from them.

Corbo is the largest of the firms vying to get planning permission in the town.

Its assets include the Shane Retail Park at Boucher Road in south Belfast and the Cityside Retail Park in north Belfast.

Corbo is also planning a 800,000 sq ft shopping mall in Omagh.