CONCERNED Bermagui residents are alerting the general public to a proposed amendment to the Woolworths development for the town.
The amended plans, currently on exhibition at the Bega Valley Shire Council offices, show the building being shifted three metres closer to Young St, and therefore closer to residential premises, in order to widen Lamont Lane as per a council request.
“Instead of reducing the footprint of the building to accommodate a wider laneway, they are shifting it three metres towards Young St,” local property owner Neil McPherson said.
“There was six metres of landscaping on that boundary – now that’s reduced to three.
“Woolies is removing the pylon signs, which probably is a good thing so I’ll give credit where credit is due.
“But the changes are a slap in the face for everyone who had objections even to the original plans,” he said.
“People should be alerted to the changes in the DA – everyone who objected to the Woolworths should be informed, not just neighbours.
“All those who objected should now write to the council again to object further about these changed plans.”
Looking over the amended plans available at council reception, the three-metre shift towards Young St is clearly outlined along with a number of other amendments.
The entire building is also now a further 500mm set back from the western boundary – to a total of three metres.
Stairs have been added on the Young St frontage to provide access to the nearest fire hydrant.
A 1500mm-wide path along Lamont Lane from Montague St to the supermarket will provide pedestrian access, with the substation relocated to accommodate the link.
Two 4000-litre rainwater tanks have been included behind the loading dock, while condenser units appear to now be on the western boundary adjacent to the nearby residence, although it isn’t marked as a change.
The Planning Group report to the council says the building’s shift will have “no substantial impact on shadowing”.
“The application to modify has been assessed as consistent with the requirements for council consideration,” the report states.
The changes are considered “minor, with minimal environmental impact and result in a development that’s substantially the same as that approved”.
“If unacceptable the applicant requests a meeting with council prior to completion of the assessment report and determination.”
Submissions on the amended DA are being accepted until September 23 in writing to: The General Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council, PO BOX 492, Bega, 2550.