Residents 'will sleep at night' following Woolworths Taren Point decision

Residents say the Woolworths Taren Point “saga" should end following the rejection of a rezoning bid by the regional planning panel.

Sadie Mehan, of the Taren Point Action Group, said the decision was “a significant victory that is so welcome by the Taren Point community”.

“We can now sleep with a little bit of peace at night,” Ms Mehan said.

“Our group can now only hope that the Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, and his department will acknowledge the decision, and back it in.

“The council, mayor, local MP and now, the planning panel, have all said no.

“This should be the end of this saga.” 

Sydney South Planning Panel delivered the latest blow to the retail giant’s long-running campaign to open a new supermarket and liquor store in Parraweena Road.

However, the panel said the Parraweena Road site would be suitable for a “dark store” –  where online orders are packed and dispatched to customers.

In a unanimous decision, the panel said the rezoning proposal should not be submitted for a Gateway determination by the Department of Planning and Environment because it had not demonstrated strategic merit.

The panel said the additional retail use would effectively disqualify the future use of the site from industrial and urban services use.

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