Trevor Lunn MLA said: “This is yet another bodyblow to the city.
“It is another mess from the planning service. Are they trying to drive John Lewis away?
“We are supposed to be promoting inward investment, not sabotaging it.
“This delay could put hundreds of construction and retail jobs at risk.
“Coming as it does after the massive letdown of the failure to build a multi-sports stadium at the Maze, people in Lisburn will rightly be angry about this. This is a seriously embarrassing shambles for the planning service that must be resolved urgently.”