Bellwood shops verdict deferred

THE decision whether or not to approve a major commercial development on the Pacific Highway at Bellwood was deferred by Nambucca Shire councillors last week.

The development, which includes a supermarket, a discount department store and 31 specialty shops plus 476 car parking spaces, has attracted strong opposition from both local businesses and residents concerned about the impact it will have on existing retail centres at Bellwood and in the Nambucca Heads CBD.

In his report, director of planning Greg Meyers concluded the council had no reason to reject the application unless it required more information about the potential economic and planning impacts.

However at their February 5 meeting, the council voted to request a review by the RTA of its previously stated position that no further work was required to the intersection of Bellwood Road with the Pacific Highway.

Queuing of traffic is already a problem at the intersection, especially for cars turning left to Macksville.

The council deferred their decision pending the RTA's response. The land, which is owned by the Nambucca Local Aboriginal Lands Council, was rezoned for commercial use in 1996 and has been the subject of many discussions over the years regarding development.

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