Marrickville Metro plans massive expansion
AMP Capital, the owners of the Marrickville Metro are about to lodge plans to massively expand the shopping centre, more than doubling its size from 28,000 square metres at present to 60,000 square metres. Obviously this will have major consequences for Enmore and Marrickville, including massive increases in traffic congestion. Local shopping strips (decimated when the Metro firest opened) will be badly hurt by the expansion.
The proposal will go through the controversial pro-developer Part 3A development process, bypassing Marrickville Council.
Councillor Peter Olive has put out the following media release
Media release 2 February 2010
Destruction of local shopping strips in Ministers hands
Marrickville Council has been advised that The Department of Planning has received a Part 3A application from AMP to expand Marrickville Metro by over 32,000m2, more than doubling the size of the retail capacity of the site.
“If AMP gets its way and the Metro Supermarket is expanded under the Part 3A it will seriously damage, if not kill off, the shopping strips of Marrickville, Newtown Petersham and Dulwich Hill,” said Greens Councillor, Peter Olive.
“It will be hard to conclude that the Minister isn’t playing favourites with the big end of town if AMP is able to create this jumbo sized centre.”
“AMP’s ambitions seriously contradict the requirements of the state Government’s own Metro Strategy. It says that in order to justify increased retail in a centre there needs to be at least 2,000- 5,500 residences within radius of 600m2. If the minister ends up approving this application it will be a case of the tailoring the planning laws for a big player.
“The Metro shopping centre is surrounded by industrial land and the State Government has been extremely reluctant to allow Marrickville Council to rezone any industrial land. It would be very special treatment by the minister if AMP’s industrial land was able to be rezoned when other land, closer to train stations and more suitable for rezoning, has been steadfastly opposed by the Department of Planning.
“There has been a recent spate of applications for new supermarkets, notably at Lewisham Towers and the Marrickville RSL site. In both cases the community said they didn’t want them.”
“There is enough retail floor space in the Marrickville LGA to cater for the needs of our community. Our shopping strips have fought back to vitality after taking initial big hits when the Marrickville Metro opened for business in the 1990’s. The last thing we need is a massive supermarket expansion that will kick them in the guts all over again,” he said.
Contact: Clr Peter Olive 0401719148