Metricon proposal revisited



THE huge Metricon development group is hoping for third time lucky when its plans for a $5.1 million shopping centre at Flame Tree Park, West Banora Point are considered by Tweed Shire councillors this afternoon.

The group is part of a consortium proposing the shopping centre including a Coles supermarket at the intersection of Fraser Drive and Leisure Drive near the entrance to Flame Tree Park estate.

Earlier this year the group appealed against a council decision last year to put the proposal on hold, and in February councillors called for extra land to be set aside to improve access and the buffer areas adjoining nearby homes.

But council planners have reported the developers say they are unable to acquire additional land and don't intend to modify their plans.

Instead they want the council to make a decision on their development application "as originally submitted".

Council planners have recom- mended it be rejected, listing nine reasons.

Among those are unacceptable economic impacts, following an earlier independent report from Core Economics which argued it was too large and would affect other existing shops such as the Banora Point Bi-Lo supermarket.

The planners also cite "unacceptable impacts" on nearby homes, and the impacts of traffic.

Metricon, which developed Flame Tree Park, wants to build the shopping centre with a 163space car park on 1.13 hectares providing a Coles supermarket and other stores such as a newsagency, bottle shop, and real estate agency on land zoned for urban expansion.

The company has argued "Banora Central Shopping Centre" would be an "appropriately-sized retail development that will provide necessary services in the growing community".

Metricon had argued customers would rather use the services of a convenient neighbourhood shopping centre than visit a large regional centre.



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