A meeting will be held tonight to discuss plans to build a 24 hour KFC at Bulli.
A Development Application has been lodged with Wollongong Council, with the community divided on social media as to the benefits or otherwise of building the fast food restaurant, along with another 51 parking spaces at Woolworths.
A spokesperson for the group behind tonight’s meeting, ‘No To KFC in Bulli’ says it’s important people start talking about the plan, and about the future of Bulli, before any decision is made, fearing it may impact on the heritage value and livability of the village.
“Council is due to make a plan for the future of our village,” she says. “We are concerned Council will include Woolworths and KFC in their assessment of Bulli’s heritage value, and we are concerned this development could be allowed to happen before council makes it’s plan for Bulli.
“We fear if dramatic changes are made, they will erode the area’s heritage value and that will impact on the quality of our village.Bulli has already become a thoroughfare. We don’t want the bottom of Bulli Pass looking like the bottom of Mt Ousley!
‘Traffic through Bulli is also a problem. We want to be sure all changes are made with existing residents and existing problems in mind.”
But Council says they are mindful of the area’s historical significance.
Wollongong Council says they’ll start work on the Bulli Town Plan in July 2018 as part of the ‘Town and Village Plans’ for many of our city’s commercial centres, with a spokesman saying it’s not intended to be a specific heritage study.
But they say this plan will NOT be impacted by the proposed development.
“In spite of any plans for future studies, Council must assess a DA on its merits against the relevant planning controls at the time of assessment. The planned town and village plan is not a relevant matter to the assessment of the current application.
“It is noted however that Council already has specific heritage controls for the Bulli Heritage Conservation Area and the Old Bulli Heritage Conservation Area. These are detailed in Chapter E11 of the Wollongong Development Control Plan. The proposed development is located to the South of these areas and as such, is not directly affected by the requirements which apply to the Heritage Conservation Areas.
“The proposed development for a KFC has been referred to Council’s Heritage Officer and the impacts of the proposed development on the heritage significance of the adjacent Heritage Conservation Area and surrounding listed heritage items will be a matter of consideration in the development assessment process.”
The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Bulli Community Hall on Hospital Road. Submissions to Council on the DA close on January 20.