By Mitchell Clarke
German hypermarket chain Kaufland is proposing to bring their empire to Pakenham and it’s now up to the Minister for Planning to change the Cardinia Planning Scheme provisions to allow development at 795 Princes Highway.
Minister Richard Wynne referred the proposal to an advisory committee, set up in July last year to overlook and consider the planning merits of Kaufland’s entry into the Victorian market.
If approved, the Pakenham development would include a supermarket covering 3781 square metres, a bottle shop of 319 square metres and a mall and food hall.
The proposed single storey building has a height of 8.9 metres, with a feature parapet height to sit at 11 metres.
The site can be accessed from both Princes Highway and Thewlis Road with 415 car parking spaces and 26 bicycle spaces to be created.
Kaufland’s investment in Victoria is worth $435 million and is expected to create 15,000 jobs but those figures will rise, if all proposed stores are built.
“This is great news for consumers – another major player in the market will provide more choice for Victorians, more value for money at the checkout and create thousands of jobs,” Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said.
The advisory committee, which is made up of independent experts in strategic planning, urban design and traffic planning, has previously considered six sites across the state, with a 115,000 square metre distribution centre in Mickleham being built.
The public is invited to make a submission to the advisory committee, with the Minister to consider the recommendations before making a final decision on the planning provisions.
Pakenham site submissions opened on Monday 14 October and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 12 November with a public hearing set to commence on Wednesday 11 December.
Documents can be viewed online or in person at Cardinia Shire Council offices.
To make a submission, visit engage.vic.gov.au/kaufland-advisory-committee.