the roundtable - 23 apr
night’s meeting council had to consider an application
for a supermarket in Warburton. It was a challenging decision for me. I am
completely in support of seeing a new supermarket for Warburton, there are
enormous benefits, but under the parameters of this application I could not
support the application.
I was very
concerned about the parking dispensation granted, although the planning scheme
calls for 73 car parking spaces, the application only included 35 spaces, less
than 50% of what should be provided. I was extremely concerned about setting up
a parking nightmare into the future, particularly with the development of the
Edgewater Resort up this end of town. Already we see in other tourist towns
parking disasters due to continued lack of parking in what is a very car
that given the shortage of car parking provision, there will be competition for
other parking sites in the town, particularly the car park of the pharmacy,
which is enveloped by the supermarket application. I also think that the car
parking alternatives provided in the applicants traffic report are unsuitable
as they are located too far away from the site.
dock configuration was also cause for concern as well as the lack of active
street frontage, in my view it is a poor design outcome to orientate car parking
to the front of retail developments and does not contribute to an active, attractive
and vibrant retail frontage.
I also had
concerns about the amenity impacts for residents on Park Rd, those impacts
being addressed with a 2.7mt high fence, in my view another poor planning
I had no
doubt the application could be improved and our submitter (objector) also
called for an improved plan which saw the integration of the pharmacy car park
with the development and a much safer loading dock configuration.
I thought it
was important to take the time to get the application right, there is no doubt
that there are enormous economic benefits to Warburton with this development. I
urged councillors to vote on the right set of plans not ones that clearly are
constrained. As much as I wanted to approve the application, on the basis set
before me I couldn’t.
Witlox, Cox, Cliff, McAllister, Avery & McCarthy
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