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Council to deliberate fast food proposal

30 October 2012

More than 570 people have voiced their opinions to the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River about the proposed inclusion of a fast food outlet in the new Woolworths development.
Due for completion around Easter next year, the shopping centre was initially approved to include one supermarket and a number additional retail tenancies.  
In August this year landowners Fabcot Pty Ltd, through their representative MGA Town Planners, lodged an application to merge two of the planned tenancies into one fast food tenancy.
Shire Director of Sustainable Development Iliya Hastings says the application was advertised so the community had the opportunity to give feedback.
“The Shire advertises any significant amendments to previously approved developments where required by our Town Planning Scheme,” he said.
“In this instance, a significant number of the community members took up the opportunity to comment.  
“It’s obviously going to take some time to work through submissions and identify the various viewpoints of community members but we hope to have a report ready to go to Council by the end of November or early December.”
Mr Hastings said while he has not yet had the opportunity to read all the comments it was clear that the vast majority of the submissions were against the fast food tenancy.
“The community has identified a range of concerns including the impact of the fast food outlet on the amenity of the area and the health issues related to the type of fast food that may be served. 
“My officers now need to identify which of those concerns can be accounted for in the planning process and whether the application aligns with the requirements of the Local Planning Scheme. 
“Concerns that may be valid planning considerations include issues such as noise, light, traffic, litter, odour and visual impacts.
“We are not permitted to assess the proposal based on the type of food that would be served or which fast food company it is.”
Mr Hastings added it’s unlikely the planners will to be able take into consideration the impact the proposal would have on the Margaret River brand. 
“We can appreciate there is a concern among the community but we need to assess the proposal for its planning value,” he said.
“We will present a comprehensive report and recommendation on the planning merit of the proposal to Council. 
“It is then obviously the role of Council to consider whether the application is approved, approved with conditions, or refused.”
The item is likely to go to Council on Wednesday 28 November or Wednesday 12 December. 


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