An application for planning permission has been submitted for a retail park with ancillary coffee shop/ restaurant units on the site of the former customs clearance station at Carnbane Way.

It follows a public consultation by Damolly Developments in Newry in January.

The old customs site location for Damolly Developments Retail Park. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The old customs site, the location for Damolly Developments Retail Park. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Damolly Developments based in Warrenpoint plan to build eleven retail units from 991 sq metres to 2830 sq metres plus four cafe/restaurant units on the 17 acre site.

Nine of the units will be built alongside the canal with a landscape corridor of at least 10m alongside for the benefit of wildlife.

It’s estimated that the carpark will have spaces for 878 vehicles.

There are future plans for a possible footbridge connection to the Newry Canal Towpath and consultations have already been made with the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland Newry and Portadown branch.