13 July 2018
An Aldi supermarket in Merimbula will be a reality after the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel (SJRPP) approved the Development Application recently.
The DA went before the Joint Regional Planning Panel due the cost of construction being valued at $6.9 million and as Council was the land owner.
In giving reasons for their decision, the SJRPP determined that the proposed development was consistent with the Bega Valley LEP 2013 and DCP 2013 and appropriate for the site in accordance with the relevant statutory planning provisions.
The German giant will now be able to proceed with their plans at 103 & 105 – 107 Main Street.
Importantly the panel did impose modified conditions of approval that will require Aldi to do the following:
The decision of the SRJPP comes following a public consultation period, site inspections, briefing meetings and a final public meeting on 28 June.
Planning Panels are independent bodies. Determinations made by the Panels are not subject to the direction of the Minister for Planning.
They were introduced in NSW on 1 July 2009 to strengthen decision making on regionally significant development applications (DAs) and certain other planning matters.
Full details on the planning Panels can be found at www.planningpanels.nsw.gov.au/AboutUs/
Photograph: Rothelowman Architects’ concept plan for the supermarket building.