Major retail development could soon be underway in Invermay, with the City of Launceston to consider a development application for the site at 65-77 Gleadow Street at its meeting on Thursday.
The site was subdivided and created into six lots - one currently occupied by The Good Guys store on Goderich street.
Previous development applications for the site included the addition of a vehicle detailing and cleaning workshop with two new motor vehicle showrooms and service centres with storage; as well as the development application for The Good Guys store.
The current development application before the council is for demolishment of existing buildings and the construction of three showroom buildings.
One building is proposed to be used as a furniture warehouse, while another is proposed to be used for the sale of electrical goods. The other building will be used to sell office supplies, according to the development application - which was put forward on behalf of Launceston developer Errol Stewart.
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Mr Stewart said there were no firm plans for the site yet, but that there was interest from major retailers for developments in Launceston - so he was getting prepared.
"There are long processes to get permits these days so you have to start early," he said.
"We have had enquiries for people, but mainly these buildings are on spec."
Mr Stewart said that of the four blocks of land behind The Good Guys, two have projects that are committed and approved, and two have projects that are in the process.
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"There's seven blocks that are potentially available for development," he said.
"There's a lot of interest from the majors [retailers] to come to Launceston, and there's not many blocks of land you can find and develop with a large store and carparks out the front."
Mr Stewart said that he had sold some of the blocks in the area, and that he did not believe the construction proposed would change any traffic flow in the area, particularly around the Lindsay Street intersection, with the developments allowing travel down Gleadow Street.
The council agenda states that in accordance with sections 51 and 57 of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and the Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 that a permit be granted for the development application, subject to conditions.
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