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Supermarket giant Tesco has been given the go-ahead to build a large store near Banbridge after two previous planning applications were rejected.
The store will be slightly smaller than the retailer had hoped to build at the Bridgewater Retail Park but will still be one of the largest in NI.
It will be part of a development which will include retail warehouses and create hundreds of jobs.
Objectors had said the development would damage Banbridge town centre.
Tesco first submitted plans in 2007 and presented an amended scheme in 2008 which slightly reduced the size of the proposed store.
In December 2009, plans to build the largest Tesco store in Ireland, close to Banbridge, were rejected for a second time.
Announcing plans for the development, Environment Minister Edwin Poots said it was "great news for Banbridge".
He said later that the delay had been the result of legal moves.
"Obviously other interests and other businesses became involved in a number of judicial reviews and as a consequence of that, the planning process has been blocked by the courts," he said.
"It has now gone to a public inquiry in June and I would trust that that decision will come forward thereafter and that the courts will not interfere further in that decision and that those who have engaged lawyers to block this would cease doing so."
Story taken from article on today's bbc website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12857962