The Barossa Co-op’s new $10 million-plus shopping centre is a step closer following State Government development approval on Thursday January 22, 2015.
The good news for the Barossa follows a development application lodged in July with the Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure and a three-month period of community consultation and comment.
“It’s great to finally get the go ahead,” The Co-op’s Chief Executive Graeme Longmuir said.
“The size of the project meant it had to go straight to the State Government, but we have had strong support from the Barossa Council and local community so we would have been surprised if it was not approved.
“The only major objections were about traffic access on Murray Street and we have now revised our plans using a transport consultant to improve the entrances and exits for trucks and cars. There had been some comment from neighbours about noise but our acoustic testing and reports assured them that by modifying the site fencing we can overcome any concerns.”
Graeme commended the Barossa Council CEO Martin McCarthy on his support for the smooth transition of the development application as well as the Council’s elected members, who voted unanimously in favour of the project.
He had also received encouragement and support from Senator Nick Xenophon, who visited The Co-op in September, local Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll and a number of other State MPs from both sides of Parliament.
“It has been very gratifying that everyone seems to be getting behind this major development for the Barossa,” Graeme said.
“The Department has fast tracked development planning approval for a number of new retail and industrial complexes in the last three months as part of the State Government’s economic renewal agenda for SA, so clearly this support for the Barossa is positive.
“We particularly want our 17,000 members to feel a strong sense of ownership of the new complex and the feedback and encouragement we are getting is very optimistic for the long term future of the 70 year old Co-op.”
Commenting on recent rumors that an ALDI store will be part of the new development, Graeme confirmed that the planning application had included details of loading bay requirements suitable for the big national retailer.
“It was essential to cover off every contingency when applying for planning approval,” he said.
“Naturally we want to be considered by a range of national retailers and so we have made special provisions for a second supermarket as part of the plan.
“We would not be doing our due diligence if we did not include ALDI’s specifications in the application.
“We don’t want to compromise any negotiations we are having with future tenants.
“However our goal right from the start has been to bring more diverse shopping to the Barossa and some big names are starting to see the opportunity we have created.”
A display revealing the plans for the new shopping centre will be erected in the Barossa Mall in early February. It will feature a “fly through” virtual tour of the state-of-the-art Foodland supermarket, the village square style meeting place where shoppers can enjoy food and beverage experiences, the expanded retail spaces and the undercover parking for over 110 cars.
Graeme said planning approval now cleared the way for the finalising of detailed plans and the commencement of the tender process in February.
“We hope to commence construction in July 2015, leading to 100 new jobs during the construction period and over 200 new jobs when the new centre opens.
“If everything goes according to plan we will be open for business in October 2016.”
Click to view an Achitect simulated ‘Fly-Thru’ of the development