Green light for a new su­per­mar­ket in west

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

CAM­PASPE Shire Coun­cil plans to amend its plan­ning scheme to al­low the Echuca west su­per­mar­ket to go ahead.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, first sub­mit­ted in 2015, is ex­pected to of­fer a high qual­ity su­per­mar­ket and ‘‘will not de­tract from nor be detri­men­tal to the Echuca CBD and shop­ping precinct’’, ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port.

‘‘The su­per­mar­ket will meet the com­mu­nity’s needs for re­tail and pro­vide for con­ve­nient and safe shop­ping, in an area which is well con­nected to ma­jor roads and the sur­round­ing res­i­den­tial en­vi­ron­ment,’’ the re­port, pre­sented to coun­cil­lors in No­vem­ber, said.

‘‘The pro­posed neigh­bour­hood cen­tre will con­trib­ute to em­ploy­ment growth and en­sure the com­mu­nity is pro­vided with a range of goods and ser­vices.

‘‘It will not re­duce the pri­mary role of Echuca CBD as it is pro­posed to be lim­ited to a su­per­mar­ket and a small num­ber of shops which is also con­sis­tent with what was iden­ti­fied in the Echuca Com­mer­cial Strat­egy 2017.’’

The su­per­mar­ket’s ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to coun­cil on March 12, 2015 for a com­bined amend­ment and plan­ning per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion for a large su­per­mar­ket at 35-41 Mur­ray Val­ley Hwy, Echuca.

That was after July, 2012 when the plan­ning min­is­ter pro­posed a se­ries of new and re­formed plan­ning zones to re­place the then five busi­ness zones which were con­sol­i­dated into two new com­mer­cial zones.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was agreed to be put on hold un­til coun­cil had pro­gressed the com­mer­cial strat­egy for Echuca which was coun­cil adopted on May 17, 2017 and iden­ti­fied the site was suit­able for the Echuca West Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

The su­per­mar­ket will be 3200 square me­tres with a fu­ture ex­pan­sion zone of 3500 and in­clude an ad­di­tional 482 square me­tres for ad­join­ing shops.

The de­vel­op­ment is of a ‘‘con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign’’ and will in­clude alu­minium bat­tens with a tim­ber ap­pear­ance, as well as 194 car park­ing spa­ces and 13 bi­cy­cle spots.

Cr Neil Pankhurst spoke in sup­port of the rec­om­men­da­tion at the meet­ing.

‘‘This is seek­ing to amend our plan­ning scheme but also in­cludes a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion ... we ended up with land that was zoned that didn’t align with the strate­gic in­tent,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it’s a worth­while de­vel­op­ment and an ap­pro­pri­ate amend­ment to the plan­ning scheme.’’

THAT’S A BIG CHEQUE: Lyn Jef­fre­son (left) and Ser­ena Mor­ley, ERH, ac­cept the do­na­tion from The Cale­do­nian so­cial club’s Dave Cun­ning­ham.

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