Tuesday, 27 December 2011


16 Dec, 2011 09:09 AM
THE Woolworths juggernaut is rolling on in Bega with news the company’s new hardware chain, Masters, is eyeing off the old Spenco site.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Bega Valley Shire Council will hear a planning proposal requesting the rezoning of 53-65 Bega St in order to allow the building of the Bunnings competitor.
The site has already been purchased by Hydrox Nominees, a joint venture between Woolworths and US home improvement retailing giant Lowes, which proposes to erect a Masters Home Improvement Centre.
According to the council agenda, made public on its website Tuesday night, the applicant has requested the land be rezoned to permit a café/restaurant and a timber yard, in addition to bulky goods retail, which is already approved for the site.

Masters’ proposed development is a 7000sqm home improvement centre containing hardware and building supplies, a range of gardening supplies, timber yard, plants and landscaping material supplies together with a café/restaurant. Parking for 194 cars with access off Bega St is also proposed.
The council’s group manager of planning and environment, Andrew Woodley, said he wasn’t expecting any resistance to the proposed rezoning.

“It’s another good indicator that Bega is doing well and that people are willing to spend money here,” Mr Woodley said.

If the rezoning is agreed upon, the proposal will then be referred to the NSW Department of Planning’s Gateway Panel for approval.

“The Gateway Panel considers all rezoning applications, council doesn’t have the final say,” Mr Woodley said.

“(However,) once all that’s in order then they (Hydrox Nominees) can lodge a development application and then it’s in council’s hands.”

Details of the proposed rezoning as well as draft plans for the Masters Home Improvement Centre are included in the council’s meeting agenda on its website www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au. 

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