MBA have been retained by Lidl since their entry to the NI marketplace in 1998. We provide comprehensive advice from feasibility and concept stage, acquisition of site, pre and post application advice on strategy, discharging conditions and ongoing advice on planning matters during the construction phase. We have also obtained 37 in-store off licences for Lidl. We work closely with their legal team to provide a co-ordinated strategy on matters of vicinity, need and adequacy. We also achieved planning consent for a large extension to their Regional Distribution Facility at Nutts Corner.
We obtained consent for Turkington Holdings for an 87,000 sq. ft. food superstore on an out-of-centre site in Newry. Key issues were retail impact on Newry City Centre, loss of industrial land, landscape and visual impact and impact on the local road network.
MBA are retained by Bloomfield Shopping Centre Ltd and have obtained various planning consents at the Centre including an extension for a 40,000 sq. ft. Next store.
On behalf of Hammersons we obtained planning permission for 157,000 sq. ft. of unrestricted comparison retail floorspace, a social hall and reconfiguration of the local road network.
MBA successfully appealed the Department’s refusal of permission for a 28,000 sq. ft. foodstore on the site of the former Down Royal Public House in Lisburn. The key issues were retail impact and loss of investment in Lisburn City Centre, alternative sites and road safety.
We obtained consent for the redevelopment of Springhill Shopping Centre that included a Tesco food superstore (84,000 sq. ft.) and other retail units.