$10m development a ‘super’ proposal

PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT: Jason McPhail, whose family owns this block in Greta Road. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A SECOND Woolworths supermarket for Wangaratta, with potential for adjoining commercial and residential developments, has won approval from council administrators.

Council approved planning scheme amendments on Tuesday that would allow the $10 million Greta Road project, along with other development planned by the land’s owners, to move forward.

The changes adopted by council, for which State Government approval will now be sought, will rezone 33 acres of land from part commercial two zone and part farming zone to a new combination that comprises part commercial one zone, part commercial two zone and general residential zone.

Jason McPhail, whose family owns the Greta Road site, said he expected preparation work to begin in March and continue over a matter of months before the title could be passed on to Woolworths to start work on the supermarket.

The development has been on the drawing board for the past five years, and Mr McPhail said there had been considerable work undertaken to reach the current stage, with the project presented first to council and then to administrators.

“Council wanted to make sure, be responsible to Wangaratta, and tick all the boxes,” he said.

“There is still a bit of work to do, but the pleasing factor is that now it has approval and is going to go ahead.”

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