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Jobs boost at £35m shopping centre

Some 250 construction jobs have been created in Northern Ireland following the approval of plans for a £35 million shopping centre redevelopment in Glengormley.

Proposals for the Sandyknowes outlet, currently known as Northcott, were given the go-ahead by Environment minister Edwin Poots, who praised the speed at which the project was approved.

He said: “I am pleased to say that with the benefit of pre-application discussions, this major planning application was turned around within five months by the strategic projects team, which is a great achievement.

“I am determined to ensure that such achievements become more common practice throughout the Planning Service.”

The Sandyknowes Shopping Centre, which will include a food superstore, café, 12 mall units and a petrol filling station, will generate £5 million a year in wages for the local area, as well as create up to 200 permanent jobs.

Mr Poots added: “The proposal represents a high quality modern development for the area, replacing the current centre which, although of its time, is now somewhat run down and in need of redress.”