A green light directs Eastpoint to paradise

TAMWORTH will receive a new $18 million retail centre that includes a supermarket and liquor warehouse after officials gave the Peel St development the green light.

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) approved the development application for the construction of the Eastpoint centre, which has as it major tenants, a Woolworths supermarket and Dan Murphy’s liquor store, for the paradise end of Peel St yesterday via electronic determination.

The application was considered and given conditional approval by the JRPP in December last year, however the panel resolved to defer its final determination until it received a validation report about potential contamination during the removal of fuel tank in one area of the site.

“The regional panel members are satisfied with the Site Contamination Audit Report, which concludes that the site is suitable for the proposed land use and it poses no risk to human health or the environment due to potential contamination,” chairman of the northern regional panel Garry West said in a written statement yesterday. 

“The shopping centre would provide additional shopping choice and range to the local community, introduce new retailers to the area, reduce escape expenditure, provide local employment opportunities and consolidate retail within the CBD.”

The proposed development includes the demolition of existing park structures and construction and fit-out of a shopping centre, an external car park covered by shade sails comprising 275 spaces for customer vehicles and taxis off Byrnes Ave, a separate loading dock and storage area and goods lift for each tenancy under the retail floor space off Peel St.

Road widening and road construction in Byrnes Ave and pedestrian access from a ramp located on the road verge in Roderick St are also included in the development.

A regional panel can transact its business at a meeting at which members participate by electronic means including mail, telephone and video conference where the panel has held a public meeting and deferred the decision to request specific additional information from an applicant or a council, the statement read.

The application was referred to the regional panel because the development exceeds $5 million and council owns part of the land on which the proposed development is to be carried out.

Further details about the project have not been made public, but it is believed the developer hopes to be started within six months.

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