June 2011 - the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIRTA) confirmed it is taking legal action over plans to give the go-ahead.
September 2011 -following an appeal by the NIRTA the case has been granted leave for judicial review. Please see an article in the Belfast Telegraph, 9th September 2011.
November 2011 - a High Court judge dismissed a legal challenge over the refusal to grant planning permission.
December 2011 -the judicial review, granted to NIRTA started and was scheduled to proceed on December 15 but was then adjourned for three months
June 2012 - NIRTA withdrew its legal bid to stop Tesco from opening a new store.
In June 2008 an application from Tesco to build a 130,000sq ft store at the Bridgewater Park complex was turned down by the Planning Service. The store would have been the largest Tesco store on the island of Ireland. Local traders campaigned against the application claiming it would have a serious impact on existing stores in Banbridge. For further information, please see BBC news coverage from 23rd June 2008 and coverage in the Banbridge Leader from 1st July 2008.
In 2009 the developer confirmed that it is planning to appeal the decision. Please see an article in the Banbridge Leader, 29th January 2009.
In June 2009, the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) held a public inquiry and concluded that the original decision should stand. The Environment Minister refused the initial application, stating it would be harmful to Banbridge town centre and could have implications on the Banbridge, Newry and Mourne Area Plan 2015. Please see an article in the Banbridge Leader, 24th February 2009 and the Belfast Telegraph, 30th March 2009.
Also see "Small traders in David and Goliath battle against Tesco" in the Irish Times, 30th June.
On 30th November 2009, the Environment Minister announced that he supported the PAC ruling that the store should be turned down as it would have a potential ruinous impact on Banbridge town centre. Please see "Traders welcome Tesco snub", 30th November 2009 and "This is great news for Banbridge", 2nd December 2009.