Woolgoolga businessman Zachary Hawke is unhappy about the Coffs Harbour City Council’s decision to rezone the Raj Mahal site to allow construction of a supermarket. Trevor Veale
Woolgoolga businessman Zachary Hawke is unhappy about the Coffs Harbour City Council’s decision to rezone the Raj Mahal site to allow construction of a supermarket. Trevor Veale

Raj Mahal site a supermarket

WOOLGOOLGA’S Raj Mahal site is finally on its way to becoming the home of a large supermarket after a majority of Coffs Harbour City councillors endorsed a planning proposal to rezone the site.

The proposal was supported by the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, and councillors Paul Templeton, Bill Palmer, John Arkan and Rodney Degens.

It was opposed by Cr Mark Graham and Cr Kerry Hines, who were concerned the decision would split Woolgoolga’s business area and adversely affect existing businesses. Cr Jenny Bonfield and the deputy mayor, Cr Denise Knight, were not at Thursday’s meeting.

The councillors were addressed by Woolgoolga businessman Zachary Hawke, the produce operations manager for IGA stores and consultant Mike Daniels, for development company Buildev.

Mr Hawke asked that the matter be deferred and placed on exhibition for eight weeks to give the community time to be consulted.

He said any reduction in the amount of foot traffic within the current Woolgoolga CBD would have enormous consequences.

As part of the rezoning, the council is imposing a minimum tenancy size of 1000 square metres of gross floor area to prevent the development of small retail shops at the Raj Mahal site, but Mr Hawke said this could be challenged in the future by an owner or developer by submitting a development application.

Mr Daniels said that Buildev’s proposal was only for a stand-alone supermarket and associated parking and today’s large supermarkets required a site of at least 10,000 square metres.

The two Raj Mahal lots equal 10,434 square metres.

The planning proposal will now be forwarded to NSW planning and Infrastructure seeking endorsement of a gateway determination.



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