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Costa Coffee approved for Spires retail park in Armagh

A new Costa Coffee will be built at Spires retail park in Armagh city after planning permission was approved, we can exclusively reveal.

Armagh I revealed plans for the development earlier in the summer and there was a huge response from our followers on both Facebook and Twitter.

The permission will allow for a ‘restaurant/coffee pod with associated access and site works, including reconfiguration of existing car park’.

For years, there have been calls for an establishment to eat and drink in Armagh’s only retail park – now those calls have been answered.

Costa Coffee is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world next to Starbucks.

The development, which would see a newly-built 2,000 sq ft outlet constructed, would also come complete with toilets, including disabled provision, something which has long been a sore point for visitors to the Spires Retail Park.

The application for the café also goes hand in hand with a major reconfiguration of the Spires Retail Park car parking, with an additional 56 spaces increasing capacity to 297, which includes 12 disabled bays.

All of the neighbouring units and those likely to be affected by the proposed development were written to in advance and the period of public consultation has now closed.

The agent for the development is TSA Planning Ltd.

If approved, Costa Coffee will increase the great variety of household names already on offer at Spires, including Marks & Spencer’s ‘Simply Food’, Iceland, Lidl and Heatons.

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