THE new Woolworths at the old Bunnings site in Inglewood has been approved by the state government’s Development Assessment Panel.
Following Woolies’ public consultation, 79 per cent of respondents supported having a supermarket, cafe and bottleshop there.
But when Stirling council conducted its own consultation, only 35 per cent of people within 200 metres of the Beaufort Street site supported it.
Residents were concerned about traffic and parking, some didn’t want a liquor store there, and the building copped criticism for its ‘faux art deco’ design.
The Mount Lawley Society, which advocates for heritage in the area, put out a statement describing the decision as a “half-baked outcome,” as the attempted art deco style has only been applied to two of the four walls and the other two are “concrete tilt-up panels”.
“The Inglewood and surrounding communities will be getting a supermarket complex – which is good news – but the cost will be driving past or, for those living behind the complex, looking at two tilt-up concrete walls,” the society said in its statement.
“In our mind, the design is not art deco or even in keeping with art deco style and definitely not following the Beaufort Street Scheme Amendment that local community recently fought so hard for.”
The society is also concerned about the safety aspects: “Pedestrians, young and old, will need to cross 20 metres or more of continual crossover (carpark entry/exit, loading bay and laneway) – in our mind, a recipe for disaster.”
by DAVID BELL