Bulky goods plans hailed

DEVELOPMENT of the area around Bunnings at Invermay as a bulky goods retail sector has been welcomed by the Launceston City Council.

Officeworks is the latest business to show an interest in the site, having submitted a development application to the council for a new location adjacent to Bunnings.

It was revealed last month that Boral was going to remain in the area, moving from its Lindsay Street location to Gleadow Street.

Other businesses are also understood to be considering moving to the area.

Council acting general manager Rod Sweetnam said yesterday that bulky goods retail was always intended for the area and the growing interest in the site was in line with both the North Bank Land Use Study and the North Bank Master Plan.

"We created these plans to give developers the confidence to invest, and we are now seeing that occur entirely in line with the plan, along with the relocation of the concrete batching plant," he said.

"We want to ensure private development is complementary to the redevelopment of North Bank as a recreational area and to ensure there can be some compatibility between those two aims."

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