Sinn Féin MLA and vice chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Enterprise Committee has expressed his disappointment at the decision of John Lewis to withdraw their application for the development of the Sprucefield site.
Speaking today Mr Flanagan said:
“I am disappointed at the decision by John Lewis to withdraw this particular planning application.
“John Lewis should continue to make their case for the location of their store at Sprucefield
“There is certainly the debate surrounding the need to get the balance right between town centres and out of town developments such as this but the crucial test remains addressing issues such as maximising job creation, tackling disadvantage, infrastructural development and promoting equality.
“The overall decision making process has not been completed. All these considerations need to be factored into the remaining deliberations on this issue.”