50 Million Attwood Decision To Boost Retail Shopping In Ards

13 September 2012

Practice Area: Planning Law


Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced his decision to grant planning permission for a £50 million extension to the Ards Shopping Centre in Newtownards.

Gary McGhee, planning partner at Carson McDowell advised on and co-ordinated the Ards Shopping Centre extension application.

It is anticipated that the major development will create 500 construction jobs and 1000 new jobs post construction. The overall development will reinvigorate and breathe new life into one of the oldest shopping centres in Northern Ireland providing certainty for its future. The major retail development should result not only in significant job creation in the town but also provide a much needed boost for the local construction industry.

The two storey extension will provide an additional 22,263 square metres of gross floorspace (11,800sqm net retail floorspace) including the introduction of a new multi-storey car park within the centre. The project will also involve the partial demolition and considerable internal re-configuration of the existing centre.

This is another 'Article 31' (major planning application), one in an ongoing series of large planning announcements being made by the Minister. Alex Attwood said: