ALLOWING a supermarket at Baranduda under a planning scheme amendment has been labelled a "cop out" and "ill-conceived".
At this week's council meeting Wodonga councillor Ron Mildren, a qualified town planner, blasted the move to allow the small store on land on the corner of Verbena Street and Arnica Circuit zoned residential.
He said it defied planning blueprints of the council and the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation.
"Within approximately 1.5 or maybe two kilometres of this site there's proposed to be 12,000 square metres of retail and commercial space," Cr Mildren said.
"It makes no sense to intrude into the residential area and put a supermarket....in the long term this site will be made redundant and what happens then to the building that is there?
"This sort of this thing is akin to putting a map up on the wall, firing a shotgun at the map from about 30 paces, and then building a shopping centre wherever your pellet falls."
Mayor Anna Speedie rejected Cr Mildren's view, saying his reference to 12,000 square metres of retail was a "red herring" because it was "more than 20 years away".
She said in her time on council there had always been plans for a small service amenity at Baranduda.
Deputy mayor Kat Bennett knocked Cr Mildren's concern at nearby supermarkets.
"Woolworths must have missed that memo because there's a Woolworths here (in central Wodonga) and 2.5 ks away in White Box there's another one," she said.
Councillor Danny Lowe said the amendment to the planning scheme would allow the site to revert to residential if the supermarket did not proceed.
The plan, submitted by a planning firm on behalf of an undisclosed retailer, involves 1300 square metres of floorspace which would comprise a small supermarket, car park and related facilities.
The change to the planning scheme was supported by councillors Speedie, Bennett, Lowe and John Watson.
Cr Mildren and Brian Mitchell voted against it, with Libby Hall absent.
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