New site proposed for supermarket

A SUPERMARKET is once again on the cards for Maclean, however, this time the proposal is for a new location and involves rezoning.

In a development application submitted to Clarence Valley Council by Symons Goodyer Pty Ltd, the location of the proposed “full-line” supermarket is at Hogues Lane, which is well away from the existing Maclean CBD.

As well as a supermarket, the facility would have specialty shops,

a medical centre and 226 parking spaces.

The officer’s recommendation – who for this DA was deputy general manager Des Schroder – is for the application to be declined as it is considered inconsistent with the state and local planning policy requirements.

The submission is also not in line with the Clarence Valley Council Lower Clarence Retail Strategy as the proposed location is not within the existing business district of the town.

There are currently three retail proposals, aside from the Symons Goodyer proposal, on the cards for Maclean.

Council has considered expressions of interest to develop its car park site at Centenary Dr; a development application for the corner of River and Wharf streets, which would use existing zoned land; and a further development application for a supermarket at the corner of Clyde/Morven streets.

These existing submissions have also led to Mr Schroder’s decision to recommend against approving the DA.



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