Maclean supermarket plan ditched

AND then were three.

ONE of the four options for a new supermarket in Maclean now appears to have been ditched following a meeting of the Clarence Valley Council on Tuesday night.

Councillors voted 5-3 to knock back an application to rezone land near the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative for a supermarket development, saying the application should be declined “at this time” as it was considered to be inconsistent with state and local planning policy.

Another of the applications, in an area around Argyle St, appears shaky as the council has sought more information about how parking requirements could be met. There is a chance the application could lapse.

Maclean Chamber of Commerce supermarket committee member Denise Worrill said the chamber would be pleased with the council’s decision.

She said about 20 members of the chamber met on Monday night and voted unanimously against the proposal near the fish co-op.

She was asked to email all councillors on Monday night to outline the chamber’s concerns.

She said there was a feeling in town that the proposed development was too far from the CBD.

“I spoke to several people today and they all thought it was ridiculous for a supermarket to be that far from the CBD,” she said.

“People did not want the CBD fractured.”



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