MOVES to allow a supermarket in Warrnambool’s Homemaker Centre have been opposed by AMP Capital, which owns the nearby Gateway Plaza.
AMP wants an independent panel to examine the proposed planning amendment by Warrnambool City Council which would have opened the door for Aldi to set up an outlet in the eastern precinct.
The city council tonight will consider AMP’s late submission and is likely to ask Planning Minister Matthew Guy to appoint a panel.
AMP has a Coles supermarket in Gateway Plaza and has plans for a major expansion of the retail outlet.
It is challenging city council requirements on the plaza planning permit and will have these arguments heard by another panel on September 24.
Tonight’s debate will centre around the council’s proposed tweaking of planning rules for the Homemaker Centre, which would expand the maximum leasable shop floor space from 6000-square-metres to 7600-square-metres and allow a supermarket in what had been predominantly a bulky goods precinct.