Shoppingworld $50m decision is delayed

THE Clarence Valley Council's pending decision on plans to extend Grafton Shoppingworld could still be weeks away after a second independent assessment was sought.

Independent assessor Environmental Resources Management requested council engage the services of a second company to specifically carry out an economic impact statement of the $50 million development.

The extra assessment was required to measure the effect the development would have on existing Grafton retailers and the Clarence Valley at large.

ERM told council it did not have the resources to carry out the assessment and recommended it be done by a third party.

Council was negotiating with another business this week to begin the work and would request that it make the assessment a priority.

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