NO LUCK: Bunnings looks like having no success in Coolum again in gaining a development approval.
NO LUCK: Bunnings looks like having no success in Coolum again in gaining a development approval. Erle Levey

No new beginnings for Bunnings in Coolum

HARDWARE giant Bunnings Warehouse looks like failing once again in its bid to build a new store at Coolum.

Sunshine Coast Council officers have recommended a refusal of the third option put forward by the hardware entity which sought to cut 39 Barns Lane into four lots and build a 5850 sq m Bunnings Warehouse on the site.

A standalone service station and convenience restaurant were also proposed for the site, while the subdivision of the site into four lots was designed to "enable development staging and to provide future development possibilities on separate land titles" the council officer's report reads.

The third and smallest of the three options put forward by Bunnings, council officers will recommend Coast councillors reject the proposal at their next meeting on October 13.

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The report said the proposed store was out of character with Coolum and the proposed subdivision would create "development ready" lots that were unable to be developed due to planning restrictions, meaning the proposed subdivision was premature.

 

The proposed Bunnings Coolum site near the Sunshine Motorway.   Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
The proposed Bunnings Coolum site near the Sunshine Motorway. John McCutcheon

The key issues identified by officers were that the scale, the nature of the proposal and its service of the area and the visual amenity were all at-odds with the intentions of the Coolum Beach planning area and the Coolum West Gateway as well as the visual amenity strategy of the strategic plan.

"Building mass is not characteristic of Coolum identity and, even when buffered by landscaping, has the potential to appear out of place," the officer recommendations read.

"The proposal has not demonstrated sufficient grounds in the public interest to justify or override the identified conflicts with the planning scheme."

Almost 1000 public submissions were made to the council on the proposal. Out of the 982 properly made, 980 were opposed to the development.

The latest proposal recommended for rejection was the smallest of the three proposals put forward, the previous two proposed Bunnings stores had gross floor areas of 12,150 sq m and 8600 sq m respectively.