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As part of our ongoing involvement with ALDI Stores applications, ratio: is pleased to have gained two approvals for new stores over the past month.
This project involved the approval of a new ALDI store on Burwood Highway, on a parcel of land formerly used as a car sales yard. A somewhat awkward ‘L-Shaped’ lot, this project called for a unique design response that utilised the existing multi- level basement car park, dual street access, and adequately dealt with potential residential amenity impacts, traffic and liquor.
Adapting the existing conditions also presented a number of challenges in relation to flooding and meeting ESD requirements, requiring the project team to work closely with Council to achieve an outcome that was both practical and viable for the client.
The proposal received support from Whitehorse City Council and VicRoads earlier this year.
After many months of hard work, this combined Planning Scheme Amendment and Planning Permit Application received support from the Minister last week (late April 2017).
Located within the Boronia Activity Centre, this site presented an excellent opportunity for ALDI Stores to located in a growing commercial area. However, the subject site, along with a number of other properties on the same street were zoned Commercial 2, limiting the range of uses permitted. In this instance, without access to a road in a Road Zone, a Supermarket was prohibited.
Lodgement of a detailed submission and close liaison with Knox Council lead to the re-zoning of all the adjoining properties from Commercial 2 to Commercial 1, which will facilitate the realisation of strategic objectives for the activity centre. This amendment also enabled the approval of the planning permit application for a new Supermarket and Shop at the subject site which was also supported by Council and ultimately, the Minister.