Plan for redeveloped retail outlet along A5

AN application has been submitted to redevelop a retail outlet on the A5 outside Omagh.
The First Stop Shop on the Curr Road, near Beragh, is currently the first fuel stop for motorists heading south on the A5 once they leave Omagh.
The business wants to demolish its existing premises along with adjacent buildings and erect a new modern retail outlet with a hot food deli, seating and associated site works.
It says the plan will create five jobs and secure five other jobs on the current site.
However First Stop Shop has said its plan to embark on a total redevelopment of the site, has been somewhat curtailed by the plans to build the new A5 dual carriageway, which would redirect through traffic on a new separate route.
The supporting statement submitted to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council states, “The objective of this application is to address the poorly maintained and rundown buildings whilst securing the existing employment onsite, it’s noted the A5 Western Transport Corridor has curtailed this scheme somewhat and ruled out a total redevelopment of this site.”
As well as toilets and seating the redeveloped site would also include parking for over 34 cars, two lorries and four bicycles.
The statement continued, “This application represents a significant investment in this site. The programme of works will take seven to nine months, about 12 construction jobs will be supported during the development.”
The retail business intends to remain in operation throughout the construction works.

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