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Application for new £6m Marks & Spencer store submitted to Council planners

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Another significant step in bringing a £6million Marks & Spencer store to Banbridge has been taken with the submission of an application to Council planners.

The development, earmarked for a site beside Home Bargains at the Bridgewater Park, will create in excess of 70 jobs upon completion and is also expected to create a similar number of jobs during construction.

As reported by Armagh I in June, the application – from Gortalowry Developments – involves the creation of two new units and will stretch to around 3,000 sq metres.

“This will reinvigorate and provide impetus for further regeneration,” according to the applicant.

“The expected rise in footfall from the new business will increase trade for other retailers, restaurants, businesses and other local services.”

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has welcomed the continued progress of plans, with an application now submitted to planners at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

“While retail is in a very difficult place, it is encouraging that M&S are progressing at pace with their application for a new store at Bridgewater Park, Banbridge,” said Ms Lockhart.

“This proposed £6m in investment is a sign of confidence from M&S that they see Banbridge as a good place to do business moving forward.

“This proposal, if it proceeds through planning and becomes a reality, will create dozens of jobs in the area.

“In a week when he heard the potential for 100,000 people seeking employment by the end of the year, my priority is on working to sustain current employment and attract new opportunities. That is what M&S is doing with this proposal and that is welcome.

“Unwarranted delays are not needed when jobs and investment are being promised. I look forward to this application being expedited through the planning process.”

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