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UPDATE: Coles shopping centre rejected, again

UPDATE: 

THE council has stood by four of eight conditions on the development of a multi-million dollar Coles shopping centre, setting the scene for a long tussle between the pair.

It will further delay the project Coles first proposed in March.

Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal.
Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal. Gladstone Regional Council docum

In July, Coles submitted four development applications, three of which were material change of use to rezone the land from residential to food and drink outlet and service station, to build a shopping centre, also for Centre Zone.

The fourth, the subdivision of the Kirkwood site into four lots, was approved with a list of conditions, eight of which Coles challenged today.

Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal.
Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal. Gladstone Regional Council docum

The future of the other three development applications, which would see the centre built if approved, depend on the approval of this subdivision.

Only one of the conditions was revoked, which suggested the development could disturb toxic acid sulphate soils.

The council tweaked the wording of three conditions, which relate to works to surrounding roads, including new roundabouts and access to the shopping centre.

But the council wouldn't change a number of other conditions, including connectivity and access to Kirkwood Rd, water infrastructure, and a requirement to plants trees along Kirkwood Rd. 

EARLIER: 

COLES are today mounting a challenge against Gladstone Regional Council's rejection of a development application crucial to its plans to build a multi-million dollars shopping centre in Kirkwood.

It means its bid to build a supermarket, bottle shop and petrol station in Kirkwood, opposite Woolworths, is again in the hands of the region's councillors.

It can be revealed that Coles initially submitted four development applications, three of which were material change of use to rezone the land from residential to Food and Drink Outlet and service Station, Shopping Centre and a Centre Zone.

These were all rejected in July.

The fourth, the subdivision of the one lot into four, was approved with a list of conditions, eight of which Coles are challenging today.

AS IT HAPPENED | 

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The future of the other three development applications, which would see the centre built if approved, depend on the approval of this subdivision.

Council documents suggest there could be more disappointment for the supermarket giant, as it's trying to challenge eight of the council's previous conditions, most of which relate to the access points of the site.  

Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal.
Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal. Gladstone Regional Council docum

Of the eight conditions, council officers have recommended that five of the decisions should be kept, one is to amend it, and another is to approve a Negotiated Decision Notice in part.

When the council rejected the initial plans, a Coles spokesperson said the supermarket chain was "disappointed".

Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal.
Images in council documents that reveal councillors will reconsider Coles' shopping centre proposal. Gladstone Regional Council docum

The council chief executive officer Stuart Randle said last week he was confident he had a good case because the original development application decision was based on planning regulations.

More to come

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