Woolies blocks Coles bid for growth suburb
Supermarket chain Woolworths has won a planning battle with rival Coles to stop it building a full-line supermarket in Mernda, one of Melbourne’s fast-growing northern suburbs.
Victoria’s planning tribunal has overridden a contentious move by the City of Whittlesea to support a planning application by Wesfarmers-owned Coles and its development consortium partner Ascenzo Industries to build a supermarket and shopping complex at 1435 Plenty Road, on the north-west corner of Bridge Inn Road.
The supermarket furore erupted over the intersection of Bridge Inn and Plenty roads, a crossroad that will form the heart of Mernda’s new town centre in what are now little more than paddocks surrounded by rapidly expanding housing estates. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…