Win for Council and community over Tempe Bunnings development
Friday, 19 October 2018
Inner West Council has welcomed a decision by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel to defer approval of the Tempe Bunnings Development Application.
“The panel made this unanimous decision based on Council’s submission which identified very serious traffic and parking potential impacts from the proposed development,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.
“Not only did the panel defer approval, they also requested an independent traffic assessment by a consultant mutually appointed by Council and the applicant at the expense of the applicant,” Mayor Byrne said.
“This is a very good outcome for the community,” he said.
“Council told the panel that there were serious issues relating to the proposed development, and that the proponent had failed to address Council’s and the community’s legitimate objections.
“When I addressed the panel yesterday (Thursday, 18 October), I told them the impacts on traffic in Smith Street, Union Street, South Street and other local residential streets in Tempe would be completely unacceptable.
“Bunnings and Council will now work together to find a mutually acceptable traffic expert to conduct, at Bunnings’ expense, a peer reviewed and independent assessment that includes a local area traffic management scheme,” Mayor Byrne said.
Bunnings has been set a 15 December deadline to submit the traffic assessment and management scheme.