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Planning Policy: Retail Sector

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:15 pm, 13th October 2015

I thank the Member for her question and remind the House that there is no application for or from John Lewis at Sprucefield or anywhere else in the North.

The purpose of the SPPS is to set out a clear regional strategic planning policy for the new two-tier planning system. This will allow the new councils to take account of the strategic direction in their plans and policies at local level. Therefore, it is not considered appropriate to include a specific site in the SPPS. Such issues should be and, I have no doubt, will be dealt with through the local development plan of the new council.