Woolworths waits on verdict

THE fate of a proposed large-scale inner city supermarket will be known within months when the Tasmanian Planning Commission decides whether to grant a dispensation over a city block.

Woolworths wants to build a 3800-square-metre supermarket on a block on Wellington Street, bordered by York, Elizabeth, and Bathurst streets.

The company hopes to see it open in 2015.

However, before the development application is lodged to the Launceston City Council, the land needs dispensation approval from the planning commission and rezoning approval from the council to allow for a supermarket with unrestricted floor area within the general retail zone.

A planning commission panel held a dispensation hearing on December 10 and a decision is being drafted.

Woolworths' dispensation application has received just one representation against it from Sacred Heart Primary School principal Matt Jones.

Mr Jones told the commission that he had concerns over student safety with increased traffic that will result from the development.

Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski has previously told aldermen at a council meeting that the block was one of the better traffic regulated areas in the city and its road infrastructure was nowhere near capacity.

Development services director Michael Stretton said at the same meeting that all traffic provisions would be dealt with under the planning scheme once a development application was lodged.

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