Mosman to curb big retail

Published:
28/01/2020

 

Mosman Council has committed to considering changes to its planning controls, as Woolworths reveals smaller-scale plans for its controversial Military Road supermarket.

In December, Council endorsed the final draft of the Mosman Local Strategic Planning Statement, locking in Council’s 20-year vision for land use in Mosman.

As part of the process, Council acknowledged the 652 written submissions provided by locals regarding the LSPS, of which 95 per cent addressed a potential Woolworths supermarket development.

The development has been the subject of an extensive, well-resourced campaign of opposition by community group Mosman Village Community.

Over months of protests and mobilising the community, the group has garnered significant support, with the majority of the 619 submissions that referred to the development against a supermarket.

As such, Council stated in its LSPS feedback report that it will “consider planning controls for Mosman Junction to ensure that the village atmosphere is maintained”.

In a statement provided to North Shore Living, a Council spokesperson also revealed that it is investigating limiting retail in business zones to a maximum of 500s.q.m, dependent on support by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

However, Council’s actions came at the same time as Woolworths announced a new, smaller design for the Mosman supermarket.

The 500s.q.m ‘Woolworths Metro’ store is proposed to be located at 731-741 Military Road, between Mosman Club and Westpac Bank.

Despite the reduction in size, many locals are still against the notion of a major supermarket diverting trade from local retailers and worsening traffic conditions on the highly congested road.

Such opinion was voiced at a Woolworths-run community information drop-in session in December, at which some locals peacefully protested the new design.

Woolworths maintain a traffic consultant’s report has found that the surrounding roads will cope and incorporating the existing upstairs archways into the design will see local heritage respected and restored.

A new development application with the revised design was scheduled to be submitted to Council before Christmas, however at the time of writing it was yet to be on public exhibition.

 

Author:
Stephanie Aikins, Journalist, North Shore Living Magazine

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