Asda hopeful of green light from planners

Supermarket giant Asda says they hope to get the green light from planners - that will allow them to open their proposed store in Derry - within the next few months.

Asda’s Philip Bartram says the company have been pleased with the level of support in the city for the planned Crescent Link store.

“To date we have had significant support from the local community, including support from elected representatives and community groups.

“We are hopeful of a positive decision on our application over the coming months and would urge all those who would like to see an ASDA in Derry to visit our website www.asdacrescentlink.co.uk and express their support to local representatives for our plans.”

Asda’s plans include provision for a sales area of 40,000 square feet - and 990 car parking spaces - the company has applied for planning permission to convert the unit currently occupied by Homebase into a full Asda store.

Around 350 new jobs could be created, Asda say.

It’s planned that Homebase will move to a smaller unit adjacent to the new supermarket.

Earlier this year a lobby group of city centre traders met with then Environment minister Edwin Poots saying out-of-town stores are having a hugely detrimental to Derry’s city centre.