IKEA APPROVAL MEANS HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR WESTERN SYDNEY
Written on the 6 May 2016 by Kevin ConollyMember for Riverstone Kevin Conolly has announced that more than 300 jobs will be created in Western Sydney after the Department of Planning and Environment approved an IKEA warehouse and distribution centre in the Sydney Business Park at Marsden Park, near the location of the current IKEA retail outlet.
The approved plans will bring 165 permanent jobs once the 70,391 square metre warehouse and distribution centre is up and running. The project will also generate 170 jobs during construction."This jobs boost is tremendous news for our region and underlines the benefit of providing an employment precinct near new housing developments in Western Sydney," said Mr Conolly.
The application by IKEA Distribution Services Australia Pty Ltd was assessed on its merits and publicly exhibited between August and September 2015."These plans will see a large warehouse constructed to store goods in high-bay pallet storage racks which will then be distributed to IKEA stores around Australia," Mr Conolly said.
The facility will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week creating employment opportunities for the fastest growing neighbourhoods in the city.Government agencies provided the Department with eight submissions during consultation. There were no public submissions received.
Key issues raised by Blacktown Council during consultation included the height and design of the proposed high-bay storage, the need for high quality landscaping to lessen the visual impacts of the warehouse, and parking for employees at the site.The Department requested the applicant provide new design and high-bay storage options for consideration. IKEA's updated designs were presented to Council and an option has now been accepted.
The Department has closely considered these issues in its assessment and applied strict conditions in response, including:mature seedlings must be planted to ensure faster growth of trees to lessen the external visual impacts of the facility, and
in addition to the approved 262 employee parking spots the applicant is required to provide further parking space if the number of workers increase.Consultation with the community and stakeholders is enshrined into the process for assessing projects like these and the Department has addressed the issues raised.
The proposal was thoroughly assessed against clear rules and policies, which are the same for every applicant.More information can be found at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au
Author: Kevin Conolly
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