The Planners have turned down an ambitious plan by Bow Street Mall to completely redevelop Antrim Street.
In 2008 an application was lodged with the Planning Service seeking permission for a massive extension to the shopping centre, which would include the demolition of existing premises in Antrim Street.
At the time, speculation was rife that the Mall intended to build a 250,000 sq ft store for an anchor tenant, with strong suggestions this was being targeted at John Lewis.
In rejecting the application, which is due to go before Lisburn City Council’s Planning Committee next week, the Planning Service said the development would “result in harm to the townscape and character of Lisburn City Centre.”
The planners also said the development would have an unacceptable impact on the surrounding road network and would result in the loss of public open space.