Coles' super plans for Woodend

The vacant site at the corner of High and Urquhart streets, Woodend (adjoining the train station), is still expected to house a supermarket, despite lengthy delays.

The vacant site at the corner of High and Urquhart streets, Woodend (adjoining the train station), is still expected to house a supermarket, despite lengthy delays.

Coles is also proposing a Coles Express service station at the old 'Woodend Automotive' site on High Street.

Coles is also proposing a Coles Express service station at the old 'Woodend Automotive' site on High Street.

The new supermarket promised to Woodend is still planned to go ahead, the Midland Express has confirmed. 

The latest permit approves a 3550-square-metre supermarket building, increased from the 2800-square-metre building approved back in mid-2010. Car parking spaces have reduced from the 223 planned in 2010, to current plans for 197 (including 10 on-street). 

Macedon Ranges Council issued a new permit for the Coles Supermarket last December. It is understood Coles purchased the site at High and Urquhart streets about two years ago from Woolworths which obtained the original permit. 

On February 27, council received Coles' plans. The plans are awaiting final approval before works can commence.

A Coles Group spokesperson said it was too early to discuss the long-term plan for its existing supermarket at the 19th Hole Shopping Centre. 

"Development approval has been given for the site however, no start date has or will be set until we can finalise the plans between our new site and current site," the spokesperson said.

In addition to the supermarket, an adjoining 200-square-metre shop, and nearby 148-square-metre station for St John Ambulance have been approved. 

The old Woodend video shop site on High Street, adjoining the new supermarket site, is also planned to be developed. 

Owner, Marree Gray, said she had lodged an application with council to develop three shops, plus office space upstairs, on the 500-square-metre site.

Likewise, the Coles Express service station proposed for the old 'Woodend Automotive' site on High Street is awaiting a council decision. Plans show four double-sided petrol pumps, a convenience store, parking, illuminated signage and entry and exit crossovers at High Street.

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