Council recommends refusal for new Woolworths supermarket and childcare centre at Kirrawee

The development site in Flora Street, Kirrawee.

The development site in Flora Street, Kirrawee.

A council assessment report says an application for a Woolworths supermarket, liquor store and childcare centre adjoining the Kirrawee brick pit development should be refused.

The report by Sutherland Shire Council planners said the proposal “would set an undesirable precedent for similar inappropriate development and is therefore not in the public interest”.

Artist's impression of the building facing Flora Street. Picture: DA

Artist's impression of the building facing Flora Street. Picture: DA

Sydney South Planning Panel will meet on July 19 to hear final public submissions before making a determination.

The council report gave six reasons why the development application (DA) should be refused.

They included the proposed development would fail to assist the objectives of the LEP zoning to revitalise the Kirrawee Town Centre and not adversely affect the sustainability of other retail centres.

The report said police objected to this application due to the likely negative social impacts and the public interest not being served by an additional full service liquor store.

Police had submitted there was a significant risk liquor sold from the new store would “increase the prevailing levels of alcohol related crime, disturbance and adverse impacts upon the amenity of Kirrawee from a minority of customers who abuse packaged liquor”.

The report said Sydney Trains had advised the plans did not allow sufficient area between the back of the building and the railway line for rail line maintenance.

The proposal had also failed to preserve the amenity of the area, including biodiversity values, through the preservation of trees and other vegetation.

Another reason given for refusal was the proposal did not achieve a high quality design and development outcome and failed to satisfy land use and child care design objectives.

It is the third attempt to set up a Woolworths supermarket in Flora Street, next to South Village.

Woolworths’ first DA was rejected by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in 2014.

A revised DA followed, but was withdrawn.

In an unusual twist, Payce, which is developing the shopping centre component of South Village, then joined forces with Woolworths in a new, much larger proposal which included a childcare centre.

Payce bought properties, 24-38 Flora Street, on condition Woolworths would lease space for a supermarket and Dan Murphy’s liquor store.

The new proposal was for a mixed use building with four levels, including two below ground for parking.

It included a full-line supermarket, Dan Murphy’s store, childcare centre with 90 places, cafes or possible specialty shops and commercial offices, linked by travelators and lifts.

The public meeting called by Sydney South Planning Panel will be at 2pm on Wednesday, July 19, at Sutherland Shire Council Chambers.

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