The complex will occupy 5.4 hectares bordered by Hobart Rd, Glebe Rd and Ring Rd, an area that once formed part of the Royal Derwent Hospital. The development includes:
- A large supermarket with baker, butcher and delicatessen (4200 square metres)
- Seven retail tenancies (2690 square metres)
- Petrol station (115 square metres)
- Takeaway shop (280 square metres)
- Future tenancy (1250 square metres)
- Five warehouse/showrooms (5600 square metres)
Councillor Wayne Shoobridge said there was nothing in the application that could be objected to, as it fell within all the rules. Cr Scott Shaw pointed out that there were not enough car parking spaces and planning officer Martin McCance said this was correct. Cr Chris Lester said the Sadris had met every requirement asked of them and although there was some angst about the impact on High St, this could not be taken into account in a planning matter. Cr James Graham said it was possible High St may end up being a little busier.
Cr Damian Bester said the predicted impact on the central business district was far greater than the 3% stated, as the developer's own economic study forecast a 21% reduction in turnover in the town centre. Cr Tony Nicholson said the development would draw new residents and turn New Norfolk into a "great outer suburb", while deputy mayor Barry Lathey said people wanted competition and it was up to the council to give people what they wanted.
The developers expect to have their supermarket up and running by 2015. A rival supermarket development on the Willow Court oval is expected to go before the council in the near future.