£2.2m Newtownhamilton Eurospar recommended for approval

April 24, 2017

Newtownhamilton looks set to receive a major multi-million pound Eurospar located on the former Fane Valley Livestock Sales premises, after plans for the new development were recommended for approval when the Council’s Planning Committee meets this Wednesday (26th April).

The Fane Valley site was formerly used for the fortnightly Fane Valley Livestock Sales before the operation of the mart was taken on by Markethill Livestock Sales in 2013.  Now, the Henderson Group, which is behind brand names such as Spar, Eurospar, Vivo, VivoXtra and Vivo Essentials, plans to totally redevelop the site to build a supermarket and separate filling station, creating 16 new jobs in the area.

There has been a mixed response to the proposed £2.2m development with 13 letters of objection submitted as well as a petition containing 80 signatures – after 66 addresses in the vicinity were issued with notification letters. The objections cited planning policy, and the impact of the proposal on Newtownhamilton town centre as well as access issues.

Despite opposition, a recommendation to approve the development will go before council this week with the planning official’s report stating that “all objections have been fully considered and the Planning Department consider that they do not warrant the refusal of this application.”

The site of the former agricultural mart in Newtownhamilton for which proposals are being considered for the construction of a new Eurospar store.

Environmental health also offered no objections providing that opening is restricted to between the hours of 7am and 11pm daily.

The new development will stretch to 926.36 square metres of floorspace of which 579 square metres will be for sales. It will also incorporate an in-store butchery and deli, as well as newsagents and fresh flowers, home-made ice cream and coffee area.

The filling station will have petrol pumps located on four islands, capable of servicing eight cars at a time.

There will also be an ATM included at the premises, and a total of 71 car parking spaces available on site.

An artist’s impression of the finished Eurospar store.