Asda £750,000 investment at local store

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Asda is to construct a new £750,000 petrol station at its store in Strabane.

Planning permission for the new four pump development was rubber stamped by Derry & Strabane Council’s Planning Committee at its December meeting on Wednesday.

The committee, sitting in Strabane, was told that there had been 593 signatures collected on a petition opposing the application from the supermarket giant.

A planning officer said that there had also been seven letters of objection.

She added however that five of these letters have been withdrawn after parking issues and access concerns were fully addressed by the applicant.

Asda plans to 50 new car parking spaces along with better access to all units in the retail park.

Alan Jones from Asda told the committee that the firm wanted to increase their offering locally, and described the investment as growing their commitment to the town.

Sinn Fein Councillor Dan Kelly proposed that the council back the planning officer’s recommendation, with John Boyle seconding the motion.

Most councillors backed the development, with SDLP Councillor Gus Hastings abstaining.

Mr Jones said the development was scheduled to be constructed next year.