Debate over Aldi: Council concern over loss of car parking spaces

MILDURA Rural City Council will this week consider a proposal to develop a discount supermarket outlet at the Fifteenth­ Street Centro Shopping Centre.

Supermarket chain Aldi is seeking to develop a 1530-square metre outlet on the existing Centro car park which, along with a planned specialty retail shopfront, would require the removal of 120 car parking spaces.

Councillors have been told the proposed Aldi building and specialty retail shopfront would be a freestanding, single-storey­ structure situated adjacent to the Target entrance.

Council has received “more than seven” objections to the application.

A report to be tabled at council’s monthly meeting tomorrow night said the Centro Shopping Centre had been subject to a number of planning applications including a telecommunications facility, convenience restaurant and service station as well as minor applications such as shade sails and minor signage upgrades.

The report, prepared by council development general manager Garry Healy, said the convenience restaurant and service station were refused for a number of reasons but largely because the developments were not in accordance with the Integrated Precinct Plan approved by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (now Department of Planning and Community Development).

Mr Healy said the proposal was in conflict with the Integrated Precinct Plan for the Mildura Centro Shopping Centre which provides for the area to be used only for car parking.

He said the proposal failed to meet the requirements of the design guidelines for active street frontages and was “considered not to be proper and orderly planning”.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Wednesday's Sunraysia Daily 22/08/2012.

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