Feedback sought on housing and shopping for North Orange

RESIDENTS have four weeks to comment on two proposals changing the face of North Orange, including a second supermarket. 

Orange councillors voted in August last year to support expansion at the North Orange Shopping Centre, provided it was at a reduced size and did not include a discount department store.

The rezoning from R1 general residential to B2 local centre would enable Woolworths to expand from 3200 square metres to 4000 metres, an additional 1750 square metre mini-supermarket and 800 square metres of retail space.

SCA Property Group had originally wanted to include a second 4000 square metre supermarket and 1400 square metres of retail space in September 2014, but it was cut back after the council’s consultant, Peter Leyshon, found it could not be justified until 2028.

SCA chief investment officer Campbell Aitken said the delay in putting the proposal on public exhibition was due to consultation between the council and the applicant on traffic. 

“The link road around the back of the centre will have substantial work done to it so it takes a bit of the pressure off Telopea Way,” he said. 

Mr Aitken said work would be broken into two stages – 2500 square metres of retail to start next year and up to 4000 square metres in five years’ time, depending on demand. 

Aldi is understood to be interested in establishing a second store, however Mr Aitken said no tenants had yet been secured. 

Residents will also be able to comment on an increase of housing lots on the northwestern corner of Molong Road and the Northern Distributor Road from 61 to up to 136.

In May, councillors supported cutting minimum lot sizes from 1000 square metres to 250 square metres.

Totally Local is also seeking permission for shops, light industry, conferencing facilities and motel accommodation on the adjoining Agrestic Grocer site. 

Submissions can be sent until October 12 to the general manager at PO Box 35, Orange 2800 or by email to council@orange.nsw.gov.au.

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