COUNCILLORS have been urged once again to knock back a development in Tamworth with a proposal from a supermarket giant deemed not up to scratch.
Aldi first lodged papers with Tamworth Regional Council to build a $5.39 million supermarket on Scott Road, near Goonoo Goonoo Road, in early 2017.
Despite having nearly two years to have “all avenues for traffic and access to be investigated”, council wasn’t satisfied with effect the German supermarket’s plan would have on traffic flow.
The roundabout joining Scott Road to the New England Highway is one of the busiest in the city and traffic reports suggested the Aldi development could have increased the number of vehicles using the intersection by up to 25 per cent in peak hours.
“The primary issue for this proposal is the impact of the development on the ongoing functionality and efficiency of Scott Road,” development assessment planner Dan Whale said in his report.
Neither council nor the Roads and Maritime Service were happy with the potential impacts of the development and it appears Aldi won’t explore any further options with the site.
However, council recently approved Aldi’s application to build a second store on Peel Street, between the PCYC and the Macquarie Street service station.
But if councillors quash the Aldi Scott Road development at their Tuesday night meeting, it would become the third DA the council has knocked back this year.
At the end of October, a divisive luxury lifestyle village adjoining the Longyard golf course was nixed, while a unit complex on Ainslie Place was initially denied and later approved in a drawn-out decision as a Land and Environment Court appeal loomed.