Lineside supermarket: Plans for TWO-LANE roundabout traffic emerge13, January 2012 | By: brendan64 | 2 Comments »
New details of plans to dramatically alter the flow of traffic in Coalisland town centre have emerged as part of the controversial Lineside supermarket development.
Rossdale Developments Ltd submitted new plans to build a Newell Stores supermarket on the site of the disused Lineside egg store last year – but now appear to have significantly changed their proposals.
Planning documents show a newly designed roundabout on the Lineside bend next to the health centre, creating two-lanes of road traffic in places, traffic islands and zebra crossings.
The roundabout – the seventh in Coalisland – would create two-lanes of traffic coming onto the roundabout upon leaving the supermarket, with a single-car slip route for customers entering the new, extended car park.
The supermarket building design itself has been altered so that it can be pushed back to run along the bank next to Mourne Crescent, instead of standing on its own.
And the entrance to the car park next to the public toilets would be cut off as part of the major new road layout.
The plans have been drawn up by Clarman Architects – the same company that previously criticised the supermarket proposals as creating a “serious hazard” in the town.
Car parking facilities now snake across the length of the canal after developers secured a deal to demolish the offices of Clarman Architects and several neighbouring homes.
Clarman Architects previously submitted a formal letter listing 21 objections to the planned supermarket development, saying the level of car parking planned was only half of what was required.
The new plans make way for extra parking spaces in a bid to see off the criticisms made by planning experts and concerned residents.
Earlier this month, a planning consultancy firm slammed the DOE for its handling of the proposals,accusing the department of being ”negligent from the outset”.
They also highlighted that plans to build a roundabout in the town was not under the applicants’ control – as it lay on a public road.
Homeowners in Mourne Crescent submitted objections to the plans, revealing they have launched legal action against the developers.
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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