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A decision on a new Lidl supermarket near Windsor Park has been delayed by a row between the Football Association of Ireland and residents.

Elected representatives on Belfast City Council’s planning committee have agreed to delay Lidl Northern Ireland’s application to build a discount supermarket, cafe walk-through, landscaping, car park and related site works.

The application relates to vacant land on the driveway to the Olympia Leisure Center opposite 9-15 Boucher Road, Belfast.

Council officers recommend that planning permission be granted subject to conditions. The council received 32 submissions on the application, including 30 letters of support and two objections.

The application site is located on the east side of Boucher Road in an area characterized mainly by commercial and retail. The Windsor Park football stadium, Olympic Recreation Center and associated playing fields are immediately to the east, and housing developments are located to the north-east of the site.

The application is supported by the Blackstaff Residents Association. The council’s report said there was a request from residents “for the application to be processed urgently so that local residents can benefit from a vital shopping center that will assist them in their livelihood crisis”.

The report said the community “does not have enough modern grocery stores” and believes Lidl would be a “great asset to the community”.

The report says residents believe it would “bring much-needed jobs to the area” and “be accessible without crossing a busy intersection like the Broadway Bypass or crossing steep steps or bridges like Tates Avenue or Windsor Park.”

Two of the objections received come from Midgley Park and the IFA, who said the development would “create conflicts of use on major event days”.

The report is concerned that “the proposal would lead to conflict between patrons attending major events at the national football stadium and customers who would have access to the proposed project”.

He added that the IFA “results in exposing patrons entering the stadium to unacceptable risks to their personal safety”.

The report said: “There were concerns that the proposed development could cause conflict during major events at the NFS (National Football Stadium), thereby limiting the ability of the PSNI and IFA to properly implement the necessary crowd control measures, putting safety at risk. preventing pedestrians and emergency access to NFS.

“The IFA believes that the requirements for a safety certificate may not be met in the event of a conflict between vehicles and pedestrians using Boucher Road and the boulevard, jeopardizing its use as an access point to the site.”

The IFA noted in the report that if Windsor Park was unable to host major events, “it would jeopardize the IFA’s ability to meet the terms of the Department for Communities Funding and would also undermine the rationale for the stadium. It was to create a venue capable of showcasing Northern Irish football on the international stage.”

NI Water objected to the application on the grounds of insufficient capacity of the sewage disposal infrastructure and the capacity of the sewage network.

The Environmental Protection Agency of Northern Ireland required a wastewater disposal agreement to be agreed before work could begin. Other legal counsel did not object.