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"The most modern supermarket complex of its kind" in Central West pitched for Orange

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By David Fitzsimons

A second major supermarket, extra food and retail shops, and a larger car park are planned as part of a major redevelopment of an Orange shopping centre.

The SCA Property Group has begun the first stage of a planned 10-month project to seek planning changes to allow for the expansion of the North Orange Shopping Centre.

Details of the proposal are being letterboxed to residents across Orange.

Current planning rules allow for an extra, small supermarket on the site, but if the planning changes - which would need approval from the state government and Orange City Council - go ahead it would be a bigger concern.

The plans include:

* A new full line modern supermarket in addition to the existing Woolworths supermarket;

* Additional smaller retail shops such as food retail and food catering (takeaway) shops and retail services such as hairdressers, beauticians and drycleaners;

* An improved and expanded car park including additional entry and exit points.

SCA says it is not planning to add any major non-food retail shops.

Orange City Council has previously expressed concerns about the Summer Street CBD businesses being affected by other shopping centres.

SCA says the new and improved North Orange centre “will complement the CBD’s diverse range” of shops and offices.

“Once completed North Orange Shopping Centre will be the most modern supermarket complex of its kind in the Central West and will provide a new level of supermarket shopping for the people of Orange and the surrounding area.”

The newsletter outlines the timeline for the planning project starting with community consultation and meeting the council in March and April.

Detailed planning work involving the applicant, council and the Department of Planning and Environment would take place up to August.

The timeline suggests the council should be able to put the planning changes on public exhibition by September-October before decisions on allowing the changes could be made at the end of the year.

Changes to the Local Environment Plan relating to altering the "floor space ratio standard" currently approved for the shopping centre are needed before any work could commence.

No dates for construction work starting or being completed are listed and no costings of the project have been revealed.

Last December council staff approved a separate $3.67 million upgrade for the shopping centre including supermarket alterations and additions and ancillary site works.

SCA has a market cap of about $3.2 billion.


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