Public have say on Asda store plans

Tim Robinson of Asda explains the plans for the proposed new superstore to Monkstown resident Isobel Bingham.
Tim Robinson of Asda explains the plans for the proposed new superstore to Monkstown resident Isobel Bingham.
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MORE than 750 people attended public consultation events held recently to have their say on plans for a new Asda superstore near Monkstown.

The Times revealed on March 22, how the proposed new supermarket and filling station could create up to 350 new jobs.

The 40,000 sq/ft retail outlet would form part of a wider mixed-use development on the vacant site at the Monkstown Road/Doagh Road junction, including a call centre, industrial units and housing.

Local residents were invited to make their views known on the plans at two community consultation events held at Hillside Nursery on March 23 and 24.

As part of the company’s information sessions, residents also heard about Asda’s plans to invest over £1 million in the local road network to improve the flow of traffic on the Doagh Road and Monkstown Road.

Lisa Rooke, Asda’s Senior Property Communications Manager, said the response from the public had been “positive.”

“It was great that so many people took the time to come down and see our plans for a new store in Newtownabbey. At Asda we believe it is important to involve the community in everything we do and we are keen for the new store, if approved, to be part of the Newtownabbey community by employing locally and supporting the community through our in-store Community Life Champion,” she commented.

“We believe the development will provide a significant boost to the local economy and create up to 350 new employment opportunities at the store. Together with our low prices and excellent customer service, we believe the proposals will bring great benefits to shoppers in Newtownabbey.”

Asda has confirmed that it will submit a planning application for the Doagh Road development in the coming weeks.

Read the full story in this week’s Newtownabbey Times...