Creswick supermarket proposal gets green light

A controversial supermarket development in Creswick is set to go ahead after the Hepburn Shire Council unanimously gave its tick of approval to an amended application during this week’s regular meeting. 

An application to develop a new supermarket at 48 Albert Street was first lodged in early May before receiving eight objections from local residents. 

Developers proposed to build a 1434 square metre supermarket on the block, almost directly opposite the existing Creswick Foodworks. 

Among the concerns listed by residents was the possibility of run-off into the creek at the back of the block as well as the shortage of disability parking. 

Creswick Ward councillor Don Henderson the amendment process was an example of council allowing for development while also respecting the concerns of residents. 

“It was good to see how council had gone through the application and that the developer and community worked together, so that degree of willingness to negotiate from both sides was great,” Cr Henderson said. 

Among the amendments made to the original application was the addition of a second disability park, changes to the building’s frontage onto Albert Street as well as a change to the signage. 

A traffic management plan was also presented to VicRoads following a request.  VicRoads is advocating for the construction of a left hand turning lane onto Albert Street from Victoria Street, where shoppers will enter the 76-space car park.

The amended plan also doubles bicycle parking from three to six spaces, while council has also ordered that a full landscaping plan be developed.  

The developer has also been ordered to upgrade the intersection of Victoria and Pearman Street and upgrade the condition of Victoria Street.

A planning application for the block was first approved back in 2008 however the permit lapsed after construction failed to begin in four years.