Plans re-submitted for third Coalisland supermarket27, September 2011 | By: brendan64 | 5 Comments »
Controversial proposals for a third supermarket in the centre of Coalisland have been re-submitted to the planning authority for approval.
Rossdale Developments Ltd hope to construct a Newell Stores supermarket on the disused egg store warehouse site, on the Lineside.
The divisive development was scrapped earlier this year following intense pressure from residents and community groups.
But the plans have been scaled back and were resubmitted for consideration on Thursday, September 15.
Car parking spaces would no longer be constructed on top of the canal basin, with space for 90 vehicles now relocated to run along the wall next to the health centre.
But the proposed construction of a roundabout on the Lineside bend next to the health centre remains on the second set of plans – the seventh roundabout in Coalisland.
A new transport assessment document submitted with the application claims about 348 cars, 10 heavy-goods vehicles and 86 pedestrians and cyclists would be attracted to the new supermarket every day.
The building itself has a floor space of 2,340m sq and would be constructed from red brick and ribbed panels in a “goose wing-grey” colour.
Plans suggest the supermarket will have about eight shop-floor checkouts and a “quick shop” convenience area.
Employment for 30 people would be created through the development.
Developers withdrew their first application after homeowners directly behind the site in Mourne Crescent complained that demolition and clearing work had caused their gardens to collapse.
Coalisland’s canal committee also criticised the development over plans to construct a car park on top of the waterway.
Some shoppers have claimed a third supermarket was not needed Coalisland, while others fear its presence would destroy any remaining independent business in the town centre.
Planning consultation documents show the previous proposal was deemed unacceptable due to its impact on Coalisland canal.
In a consultation report it was said: “Development Plan has no objection in principle to the redevelopment of the former egg store warehouse.
“However, the present proposal is unacceptable as it would significantly impact on the integrity of the historic Canal feature.
“It is therefore recommended that the scale of the proposal should be reduced so that car parking is no longer required on the canal basin.”
Neighbouring homes were yesterday notified of the second planning application, and final consultations on the development will be received on Friday, October 14.
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