Lineside supermarket developers bid to buy out objecting architects22, November 2011 | By: brendan64 | 16 Comments »
The developers of the proposed Lineside supermarket have confirmed they intend to purchase a neighbouring architects’ building to create extra parking spaces for their plans.
Rossdale Developments Ltd director Vincent Donnelly confirmed to Coalisland Post the company has made an offer to buy Lineside House, the offices of Clarman Architects, following weeks of negotiation.
The company also plans to purchase other Lineside properties to add further car parking facilities to their proposals – with one householder understood to have already accepted a settlement.
Clarman Architects previously submitted a formal letter listing 21 objections to the planned supermarket development, saying the proposals could create a “serious hazard” in the town.
Mr Donnelly said he was now “100% confident” that the Newell Stores plans would be approved.
“Negotiations are ongoing for the past number of weeks,” said Mr Donnelly.
Speaking about the owners of some Lineside properties, he added: “We didn’t approach them – they approached us.”
The controversial plans to build a Newell Stores supermarket on the site of the disused Lineside egg store were sent back to the design stage earlier this month after the planning authority raised several concerns over the proposals.
Mr Donnelly said the new supermarket would “help the town greatly”, but admitted business for other smaller independent shops could be damaged.
“Nobody has come and said they don’t want a supermarket here,” he said.
“All the correspondence we are getting is saying that people want another supermarket.”
The divisive supermarket development was scrapped earlier this year following intense pressure from residents and community groups.
But the plans were scaled back and resubmitted for consideration on Thursday, September 15.
Homeowners in Mourne Crescent submitted objections to the new plans, revealing they have launched legal action against the developers.
Mr Donnelly said: “We had a bit of trouble from two particular residents in the Mourne Crescent area.
“Subsidence is a thing that happens – There was slippage in two gardens, which we rectified.”
A snapshot survey carried out by Coalisland Post suggested more than four in every five householders in the town are against plans to build a new supermarket at the Lineside.
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