The proposed Coles supermarket in Annerley may have been given the green light, but construction could still be delayed as locals hope to stop the development due to various concerns.
In March 2021, Hopgoodganim Lawyers lodged a notice of appeal to the Planning and Environment Court for the refusal of the development application citing its incompatibility to the area.
“The proposed development will have a function more than that of a local neighbourhood service provider and is of a scale which is not consistent with surrounding detached housing,” the notice of appeal reads.
Plans submitted by Capital Transactions Pty Ltd described that the proposed development involves a new neighbourhood centre, which will consist of a supermarket with liquor store and offices at 776 – 792 Ipswich Rd, Annerley.
Before Council approved the development on 12 February 2021, it received a total of 105 submissions. Located on one of the busiest roads in Brisbane, the biggest issue raised by the community is traffic, especially around the intersection of Ipswich and School roads, which is a T-intersection. Traffic congestion will be created on the already-busy road, residents say, once construction of the new supermarket starts.
The developers are also seeking the creation of two additional pedestrian crossings, one on the northern leg of Ipswich Rd parallel to the existing southern leg crossing and one across the new entrance to the basement carpark.
Lambert & Rehbein noted that a right turn lane from Ipswich Road into the development site at the Ipswich Road /School Road intersection does not form part of the application. In an email sent by Council to traffic engineering consultants reads: “Council does not intend to accommodate a right turn (north bound) for this site as part of Ipswich Rd corridor upgrade.”
“This four-way intersection was not considered in the long term plan, with this intersection planned as a T-intersection,” L&R wrote.
In line with this, an alternative location for right turning vehicles has been proposed as part of this application from the initial traffic impact assessment onwards.
Engineers at L&R said the existing right turn lane at Aubigny Street has been shown to have sufficient capacity to adequately meet the demands of both the background and design traffic volumes in the 10-year design horizon.
“A revised Traffic Engineering Report endorsed by an RPEQ engineer is to be provided which addresses these issues and demonstrates the proposed mitigation of this increased crash risk and satisfactory operation of the right turn from Ipswich Road into Aubigny Street,” L&R wrote in response to Council’s advice.