Residents seek compensation over Lineside supermarket24, October 2011 | By: brendan64 | 5 Comments »
Homeowners in Mourne Crescent have launched legal action against the developers planning to build a new supermarket on the Lineside, it has been revealed.
Rossdale Developments Ltd hope to construct a Newell Stores supermarket on the disused egg store warehouse site, on the Lineside.
But letters of objection sent to the planning authority have revealed several households have taken legal action against the developer after their gardens began to subside last year as a result of excavation work.
The homeowners claimed cracks appeared on their buildings and their gardens began to sink after diggers moved in to prepare foundations for the planned supermarket.
They now hope to receive compensation for the “negative impact” the development has had on the value of their properties.
In a letter of objection, one anonymous householder said: “While the revised application has abandoned the unrealistic road alterations, the impact on my property and a number of my neighbours remains.
“Our fears the development would have structural, privacy and visual impact on our properties has been borne out of my garden in particular suffering severe subsidence.
“There is on-going legal action in relation to a number of properties in Mourne Crescent because of the subsidence and the resultant financial negative impact on the value of the properties.
“The developer has so far failed to come up with adequate remedial action.”
The objector also claimed work on the proposed supermarket has “destroyed the considerable degree of privacy enjoyed by these properties for many years”.
The letter continues: “The boundaries put in place make no effort to restore our privacy or reduce the inevitable noise resulting from the increased traffic volumes if this building goes ahead.”
The divisive supermarket 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.
The DOE are now set to consider the plans before presenting their views to Dungannon Council.
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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