Survey says ‘YES’ to controversial Carnbane Way development

August 18, 2014

An independent survey carried out by pollsters Lucid Talk on behalf of the Hill Partnership, the developers behind Newry’s new Carnbane Way development, would seem to reveal that the people of Newry support the planned new supermarket and 70 business units at Carnbane.

Out of a total of 1,040 people who participated in the survey, 95.7% want the project to go ahead with 95.4% answering “yes” when asked if the new development would be beneficial to Newry.

The proposed out-of-town mixed use development has divided local opinions since Minister Mark H Durkan granted planning permission for the development in May this year.

The Lucid Talk poll, which was carried out between July 11 and July 21, 2014, also revealed that 82.2% said the presence of a new food store in Newry will improve competition and lead to cheaper prices, whilst 76.4% said the business incubation units planned at the site will help company start-ups in Newry. In addition, over 70% said the development would benefit Newry in terms of job creation, wealth creation and consumer choice.

Demographically, the poll respondents were 50.7% female and 73.1% Catholic.

51.8% were aged between 25 and 44 and 46.3% were on minimum wage or unemployed.

Neil Armstrong of The Hill Partnership said the results “speak for themselves and of course we are pleased.

“We are investing £47 million in Newry and creating almost 800 jobs in the process. The overwhelming support of the people of Newry is good to have as we embark on this development.

“There is clearly a demand for jobs in the Newry area and we are pleased to be playing our part in meeting that need. We’re also pleased to be delivering competition to the marketplace and in providing business incubation units that are essential for the future of the region” said Neil.

“There is just one retail unit in this development and that’s the supermarket. The 70 business incubation units will allow Newry’s entrepreneurial talent to flourish and create even more jobs.”