Omagh £350 million development may actually cost jobs

One of Northern Ireland's most expensive developments planned for Omagh will harm town centre traders, its been claimed.

The warning came from the independent retail lobby group Northern Ireland Independent Retail and Trade Association, as it emerged that a £350 million scheme including a hotel, out-of-town shopping centre, and health and leisure facilities has been granted outline planning permission.

The scheme is planned for a Derry Road site near a former military base and could created up to 1,000 jobs its promoters claim.

However, Glyn Roberts, NIIRTA chief executive, said it could actually cost jobs over five years.

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