Byron Shire Council has been advised by the Department of Planning that the department now has on display an amended planning proposal for the proposed Woolworths supermarket in Station Street, Mullumbimby.

Byron Shire Director of Planning Ray Darney said that the amended plans are on display until 30 May and that people needed to make submissions to the Department during that period.

The Department has the plans on display in Sydney and at the following locations also:

Mr Darney said the main issues relating to the amendment were:

  • The application is now in one stage, rather than two stages. The original application allowed an area for on-site effluent disposal until such time as the sewer moratorium is lifted in Mullumbimby. The new application seeks ‘formal interim sewer entitlement’ from Byron Shire Council.
  • The supermarket and bottle shop development is relocated 50m to the north of the site, with all car parking located on the south of the site.
  • The loading dock is now located to the north of the development, with a second access to the dock.
  • The carpark will be graded at 1:40 to eliminate stops into the supermarket from the carpark.
  • Front set-back increases from 9m to 14m.
  • Proposed lay-by for a taxi-rank within the Station Street Road Reserve.
  • Redesign of the building after consultation with Heritage Advisor.

Mr Darney said that visually the changes proposed seemed to be better than the original application approved for Mallams by the Minister for Planning.

He said matters that the council would need to investigate include :

the effects of the graded car park on flooding

the traffic impact on neighbours for the altered loading dock arrangements

whether the property could be connected to the sewer prior to the moratorium being lifted.

Mr Darney said the council would hold an information session regarding the amendment at the Council Chambers at 6pm on 14 May.

Woolworths and the Mullumbimby Action Group would be invited to make representations to the information session, would will be open to all members of the community.

Mr Darney also said that any enquiries regarding the application should be directed to the Department of Planning and not Byron Shire Council.