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Decision on Bunnings store in Ulladulla, NSW deferred

In 2020, a development application was lodged for a new Bunnings Warehouse in Ulladulla

The matter of traffic conditions surrounding a proposed Bunnings store in the NSW coastal town of Ulladulla was tabled at a Shoalhaven City Council meeting recently, according to the Milton Ulladulla Times. Traffic considerations will determine whether a Bunnings Warehouse in Ulladulla gets approval.

Elected representatives voted that the item be "deferred to further consider the accumulative traffic impact" on Parson Street, Dowling Street and Princes Highway, and that the network modelling is presented to council for consideration. The initial recommendation put forward at the meeting was to approve the development application, by way of deferred commencement but all councillors were all for the item being deferred for further consideration.

The proposed development incorporates a subdivision of Lot 23 2A Parson Street, Ulladulla and consolidation of the southern portion with Lots 1-5 189-197 Princes Highway. Construction of associated infrastructure includes roadworks (new roundabout, median and entry/exit driveways) on Princes Highway and a partial extension of St Vincent Street is part of the development application.

Prior to lodging the current application, Bunnings sought pre-development advice from both council and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in 2019 regarding potential access opportunities to the Princes Highway and St Vincent Street.

TfNSW required the provision of a roundabout, a new median on the Highway and the staging of access works to the Highway in two stages.

Initial access for patrons is to be provided direct entry to the highway with the provision of a roundabout at the junction of Dowling Street and median works north of the roundabout.

An associated report also noted "public benefits as a result of the provision of additional infrastructure and employment opportunities" from the development.

Larger Bunnings proposal

The development application that was lodged on January 30, 2020 for a new Bunnings store, if approved, would be more than double the size of the existing smaller store.

The proposed Bunnings Warehouse would be located between 189 to 197, Princes Highway in Ulladulla. It represents an investment of more than $16 million by the retailer.

The development would replace the existing smaller format Bunnings store, with all current team members transferring to the new warehouse once complete.

Features of the new warehouse will include the main warehouse, outdoor nursery, timber trade sales area, cafe, and a playground, along with click and collect services.

The store would span more than 11,000sqm and have parking for more than 180 cars.

  • Source: Milton Ulladulla Times
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