Residents opposed to Woolworths’ plans to build a new supermarket and liquor store at Taren Point say they will continue to fight the “nightmare” proposal.
After its first attempt was rejected by Sutherland Shire Council, the supermarket giant applied directly to the Department of Planning and Environment under the Gateway process to have the Parraweena Road site rezoned (see story below).
Taren Point Action Group member Sadie Mehan said, “This isn’t a planning application, it’s a rort”.
“Now, the whole community needs to come together to fight against Woolworths again,” Ms Mehan said.
”The neighbours said no, the community said no, the council staff said no, the council said no, the mayor said no, and so did the State MP.
“And now we all need to work together to fight this nightmare on Parraweena Road.”
Woolworths has launched a new bid to build a supermarket and liquor store at Taren Point.
After its first attempt was rejected by Sutherland Shire Council, the company applied directly to the Department of Planning and Environment under the Gateway process to have the Parraweena Road site rezoned.
The decision will be made by the Sydney South Planning Panel.
Woolworths is showing the same determination at Taren Point as it did with its plans for a proposed development in Flora Street, Kirrawee, adjoining the brick pit development South Village.
After three unsuccessful attempts at Kirrawee, Woolworths received approval in December, 2017, following a drawn-out conciliation conference with Sutherland Shire Council in the Land and Environment Court.
The council rejected the proposed rezoning of the Taren Point property, from industrial to retail, in August last year on the recommendation of planning staff.
The loss of an industrial site was a key consideration in the council decision.
The council told residents at the outset the final decision might be made by the state government, with Woolworths allowed under the law to make a rezoning application directly to the Department of Planning and Environment.