The Hill Partnership has submitted a planning application for a £100m mixed use development at Carnbane Way in Newry, Northern Ireland.

The Hill Partnership, which owns the 32 acre site on the southern edge of Newry, plan to develop a major multiple food store; a ten screen digital cinema complex incorporating five restaurant units; 29 social and affordable homes and a business and employment park to include four office blocks, 66 light industrial units, a coffee shop and a landscaped park.

The new scheme is likely to create up to 500 jobs in the construction phase, with more than 1,000 new jobs created on completion of the scheme.

Neil Armstrong, property manager at The Hill Partnership, said: ‘We believe that the site at Carnbane Way has significant potential for a number of mixed uses. These plans offer a very attractive economic and social proposition for the city of Newry and will make a substantial contribution to the local economy through the generation of jobs and the attraction of investment to the area.

‘The proposals will also help to secure Newry’s pre-eminent position as a hub for the Armagh and Banbridge area and will make the city even more attractive to visitors and shoppers.

‘We have already met with a range of political representatives and received widespread and enthusiastic support for these proposals. We have also held an open presentation of our proposals to hear the views of the local community and we will continue our engagement with local stakeholders as the plans go through the consultation process.’

Pending a decision by the Northern Ireland Planning Service, it is estimated that the project will be on site by the end of 2009.