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In Brunswick VIC on “Use of the land for trade...” at 145 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick VIC 3056:

Rowena Craick commented

I object to this planning application on the basis that the traffic impact study does not accurately represent the impact on the local residential area.

Traffic along Glenlyon rd, where the main bunnings entry/exit is proposed, is already at a complete standstill during (and outside of) peak periods. This study was conducted during perhaps the quietest period in living memory due to COVID lockdowns and is a disingenuous attempt by the developer to sneak this proposal though without accurately representing the true impact on the community and local traffic.

Council has already held traffic studies and community meetings, hearing numerous concerns about ‘rat running’ traffic that try to escape this congestion in Glenlyon rd by racing north up Minnie street and east along Evans st. This development will dramatically worsen existing community concerns and this application proposes no improvements or solutions to manage the massive increase in traffic to the area. I am tired of seeing the Moreland council (and ratepayers) foot the bill for correcting poor development decisions after they have been approved. The developers should be responsible for major traffic alterations before approvals are given, not leaving it to council and residents to solve later after much community anger.

This is a residential area, with high volumes of Cyclists which are already at risk in this intersection of Glenlyon/Lygon through the loss of the bike lane and turning traffic. There are also major safety issues for cyclists further back at Minnie and Glenlyon. Right turns by cars across traffic at the proposed entry and exit will also significantly increase risk to cyclists at this intersection.

Extended opening hours is also inappropriate for a residential neighborhood.

The are so many industrial sites in the area which are more appropriate for this kind of development.

Although Lygon st is a high density growth corridor and Council designated activity Centre - numerous residential developments have been approved with reduced parking - on the sole basis that it is well serviced by cycling and public transport options - However this existing Lygon tram service now essential to these high rise residents will also be impacted by the increased traffic volumes heading to/from Bunnings. As the trams have no choice but to sit in the single lane traffic jams, this will severely impact the existing transport options the council has consistently encouraged reliance upon.

Having watched Bunnings move into Sydney rd less than 1km away from this site and put the existing hardware store opposite out of business, I see no need for council to accept a second bunnings store which will also impact other local small businesses and inappropriately impact the residential amenity, traffic, public transport and cyclists.

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