A fresh proposal for a new supermarket in Castlemaine is almost double the size of the plans approved by Mount Alexander Shire Council in 2018.
Plans approved in April, 2018, included a 1500-square metre supermarket, 99 car parking space, 19 on-street car parks and and vehicle access to the site surrounded Duke, Urquhart and Forest Streets.
A new proposal by Lascorp Development Group, who submitted the previous proposal, includes a 3400 square metre supermarket, 200 square metre bottle shop, 43 on-site car parking spaces and a 2345 square metre basement comprising of 77 car parking spaces.
In 2017, an independent planning panel recommended the land earmarked for the development be rezoned and addressed matters relating to land contamination, landscaping and potential impacts on amenity, heritage, traffic, parking and noise.
Mount Alexander Shire Council coordinator of statutory planning Louise Johnston said she understood the supermarket would be a Woolworths.
"The plans and artists impressions indicate that Woolworths is the likely option, it's not confirmed, but that's what plans indicate," she said.
"It has been in the pipeline a long time. The current permit (from 2018) is still valid, so they could act on that but have chosen not to.
"They have chosen to lodge for a bigger (commercial) footprint."
The proposal is available to the public until July 30.
"It depends who you talk to but out strategy recognises the need for further (commercial) floor area (in the town)," Ms Johnston said.
"This will more than likely end up the council chamber given the history of site and its re-zoning, so we are expecting some objections.
"Our role is to assess under the provision of planning scheme and consider objections if and when they arrive."
Lascorp Development Group declined to comment.
The proposal is available to view for the public at the Mount Alexander Shire Council offices in Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine. Residents can also view the application online.
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