Murphy ‘deeply disappointed’ at Carnbane development decision

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said he is “deeply disappointed” at the result of a judicial review into the Carnbane development in Newry.
A retail foodstore is part of the plans. Image: Ostick + Williams

A retail foodstore is part of the plans. Image: Ostick + Williams

“I am deeply disappointed with this judgement,” the Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times. “This decision, taken by the SDLP’s Mark Durkan, will not only work to the detriment of Newry but actually contravenes the SDLP’s own policies on out of town developments. “Sinn Féin has no objection to the other aspects of this project but the retail component will be a severe blow to Newry Town Centre,” the local MLA insisted. “We agree with the position taken by Newry City Centre Management Partnership which states that all retail development should take place within the city boundary, defined as a 1km radius from Newry Cathedral. “The building of any massive retail developments has to be balanced with the sustainability of town centres and the protection of that centre’s jobs and services. There is ample space within the city centre limits for such a development. “The only thing that taking it out of town will achieve is to draw people away from home grown SMEs; the types of businesses that account for almost 70% of all employment in Ireland and are the lifeblood of our towns. Murphy added, “I understand that the Chamber has said it intends to appeal this decision, which we will be fully backing. We cannot allow Minister Durkan’s reckless flip-flopping on this issue to endanger our town centres.” More on this story: Newry Chamber fails in bid to block Carnbane Way development Major new Newry development gets mixed reception Major Newry development will create up to 800 jobs, says company behind the scheme Newry says ‘YES’ to Carnbane Way development according to survey Full steam ahead: Developers plan start of work at Carnbane Way despite Newry Sinn Fein opposition SDLP Newry blasts Sinn Fein for ‘betraying local people’ over major Newry development The Newry Times Big Debate: Yes or No to major Carnbane Development project?

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