Mayor has claimed the city has lost out in £4m of rates revenue
because of the delays in granting planning approval for the John
Lewis development at Sprucefield.
Ronnie Crawford said it was now four years since the original
application for the scheme was lodged yet it had still not been
given the go-ahead, even though up to 1,000 new jobs could be
This is a text book case of how to kill
inward investment and the John Lewis Partnership are to be
commended for their extreme patience" Mr Crawford
said. As a result of these delays around
£4million has been lost to the City of Lisburn by way ,of rates
"I am demanding an immediate end to these
extraordinary delays, which are in stark contrast to
the speed with which major planning applications for
developments in Belfast have been processed.
Now that the National soccer stadium seems to
have been reserved for Belfast by the new DCAL minister, Gregory
Campbell we hope that the wishes of the overwhelming majority of
Lisburn residents will be realised by the approval of the John
Lewis application. "Given the huge loss of revenue to local
government resources in Lisburn, I am demanding an inquiry as to
why applications for major developments in Lisburn are subjected
to such long, costly and protracted delays."