Northern Ireland

Planners recommend refusal for Tesco in Ballycastle

Planning service has recommended that a proposed development in Ballycastle, which would have included a Tesco store, should be refused.

The controversial plan was supported by more than 1,000 letters and a petition.

However another petition opposing the development was signed by over 3,000 people.

Planning service said the retail and residential plan for the site would have an "adverse impact" on Ballycastle town centre.

Tesco's recent record on getting planning permission in Northern Ireland has been mixed.

In March the firm was given the go-ahead to build a large store on the outskirts of Banbridge after two previous planning applications had been rejected.

In February planning service recommended that a proposal to build a Tesco superstore in Londonderry be refused.

The retailer had submitted an application for the supermarket on the Buncrana Road.

In June last year permission was refused for a supermarket on the old FG Wilson site at Hillhead Road in Ballyclare.

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