Northern Ireland

Permission granted for Dundonald Sainsbury's

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Image caption £500 of clothes were stolen from Sainsbury's in Sprucefield

Planning has been granted for a major Sainsbury's supermarket in Dundonald, on the outskirts of east Belfast.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said it would provide a jobs boost in an area that suffers significantly from unemployment.

The site will also include business units. They are to transform a disused factory site on the Upper Newtownards Road.

Mr Attwood said the decision to approve it was a difficult one.

However, he said he was swayed by the economic advantages, including a boost for the construction sector.

At the same time he has refused permission for a new Asda just a few miles away in Newtownards because of what he said was a viable alternative.

Having previously approved a major extension of the town's shopping centre, Mr Attwood said Asda should look to expand there as opposed to moving out to the site of a former school.

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