Romsey Coles a step closer

Works to clear the site have included the demolition of an old house and trees.

Romsey Coles is a step closer as the supermarket giant lodged an application with Macedon Ranges Shire Council this month.

The proposal includes a Coles supermarket, Liquorland, speciality retail (tenant unknown) and 195 onsite parking spaces at 51-53 Main Street.

“Subject to approvals, a new Coles supermarket at in Romsey would create hundreds of local retail and construction jobs,” a Coles spokesperson told the Express.

“The proposed development would represent a multimillion-dollar investment in the region, offering residents more choice, great value and an enhanced shopping experience.”

At least two businesses relocated from the commercial precinct earlier this year prompting widespread community speculation about plans for the site.

Last week works began to clear the site including demolition of an old house and trees.

MRSC director of planning and environment, Rebecca Stockfeld, said the proposal was now being assessed.

“At the moment, general works are being undertaken on the site which do not require a planning permit,” Ms Stockfeld told the Express.

Ms Stockfeld said the site was not covered by a heritage overlay or any other heritage protection and a planning permit to demolish the house was not required.

Councillors will have the opportunity to call in the application once officers are in a position to make a recommendation.