Objectors to a John Lewis superstore in County Antrim

Objectors to a John Lewis superstore in County Antrim have been granted leave to mount a judicial review. The retailer was given the go-ahead for a £40 million store at Sprucefield, outside Lisburn, contrary to the advice of planning service officials. Traders in Belfast and Lisburn have expressed fears that the store would harm their businesses. But John Lewis is pressing ahead with its plans despite the court action and aims to open the store by Christmas 2007. The retailer has said that should planning permission be overturned, it will not consider any other sites in Northern Ireland.

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