MANY residents of Cabarita Beach and Bogangar are looking forward to having a Woolworths supermarket in the heart of the seaside village, but Tweed Shire Council has some reservations.
Councillors are today due to consider a report on the $16 million part-four-storey project which also includes 40 residential units.
Planning staff have recommended the Council forward concerns about the project, including its four-storey design in an area designated which they say the Local Environment Plan imposes a limit of three storeys, to the State Government.
The NSW Department of Planning is currently consid- ering a development application for the project which would provide the village's first full-line supermarket in a complex stretching between the Tweed Coast Road and Hastings Road, a short walk from the main beach access in Pandanus Parade.
But Cabarita Resident's Association president Cath Lynch says not only is the sup- ermarket sorely needed but the building is attractive, and at 13.6 metres would only very slightly exceed height rules.
“It is slightly over in the middle of the development because of the requirements of the supermarket,” she said.
“The architect has gone back and moved the mezzanine to the back of the store and it is not 'in-your-face' over.
“The building next door is five storeys.
“Generally speaking we are very happy with this development.
“They have come to us right from the word go and discussed it with the commu- nity,” Ms Lynch said.
She said it would beneficial to the community, especially those who no longer had their own cars to drive to major supermarkets at Tweed Heads South.
“I've discussed it not just with the residents' association, but with other people,” she said.
“I'm secretary of the ladies' bowls club, and the one thing people have been saying is: 'We need a supermarket'.”
West Australian-based Stockwell Pty Ltd has asked the NSW Department of Planning to approve the complex which would have supermarket, retail shops, 16 two-bed- room units, 24 one-bedroom units and basement car parking for 204 vehicles.
Stockwell has told the Gov- ernment its proposal physic- ally “presents as a compliant three-storey form to Tweed Coast Road and Hastings Road”. “The fourth-storey elements of the development will not be visible from public land.”