Battle of the shopping centres

A BATTLE between shopping centre developers on the Tweed Coast has passions and dollars flying, with small businesses fearing they will be caught in the middle.

Developers for a new Coles shopping centre at Casuarina Beach have lost a legal bid to join Tweed Shire Council in the NSW Land and Environment Court against the devel- opers of another Coles shopping centre in the Seabreeze estate at Pottsville.

Meanwhile, Pottsville Beach Business Association president Tania Murdock has warned of dire consequences for the existing heart of Pottsville which could face competition from "a new town centre" if a huge Seabreeze complex goes ahead.

Mrs Murdock yesterday warned many Pottsville%people had an inaccurate perception of the development, which she said would require massive earthworks, and when complete would open from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, 7am to 10pm on Sundays, be serviced by trucks around the clock and include a 24-hour fuel station.

"It's going to totally fracture the town. In effect they will be starting a whole new town centre," she warned.

"On the plans for Seabreeze there never was a town centre proposed, only a neighbourhood centre which would be a Seven-Eleven and a pie shop."

Casuarina developers Kings Beach No. 2 Pty Ltd meanwhile has lost its appeal to the Land and Environment Court to join Tweed Shire Council in a battle over the Pottsville development in the court later this month.

They wanted to call their own expert witness to the case in which developers Metricon and the Peninsula Development Group are appealing against council's failure to approve development of a "substantial shopping centre including a 3200-square-metre supermarket and 1500 square metres of speciality retail shops, a kiosk, petrol/service station and a child care centre".

The Casuarina developers wanted to cross examine Metricon and the Peninsula Development Group and "make submission with respect to the economic impact of the development application".

They told the court Kings Beach was "a regional competitor of the applicants and will be directly affected by the outcome of the current proceedings. Their planning expert Victor Feros said the supermarket should not be considered for Pottsville "until Casuarina is operational".

The court refused the Kings Beach application to take part in the upcoming case partly because the%issues concerning them would be raised in any case.



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