Fears new food out­lets will eat into profits

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A NEWLY ap­proved de­vel­op­ment in Som­er­set is rais­ing the ire of res­i­dents.

Roubaix Prop­er­ties’ pro­posed Fern­vale food out­let de­vel­op­ment was con­di­tion­ally ap­proved by Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil on March 13.

The plan in­cludes three food out­lets, in­clud­ing one with a drive-through fa­cil­ity, and 81 off-street carparks for the cen­tre of the town.

But res­i­dents are con­cerned three new food busi­nesses could harm es­tab­lished lo­cal shops.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Paul Hey­mans, who owns Paul’s Com­put­ers, said while the food precinct would not af­fect his com­puter busi­ness, he wor­ried about other shops.

“Some of the busi­nesses won’t be able to sur­vive the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Roubaix Prop­er­ties also has a pro­posed re­lo­cat­able home park with 100 res­i­den­tial lots be­fore the coun­cil.

Roubaix Prop­er­ties was con­tacted for com­ment but did not re­spond by dead­line.

Som­er­set Mayor Graeme Lehmann wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment, along with four oth­ers ap­proved on March 13, which he said re­flected in­ter­est in the grow­ing area.

— Do­minic El­some

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