THORNLIE Aldi has moved a step closer to obtaining a liquor licence after City of Gosnells council approved a partial change of use for a portion of a store.
While the store at Forest Lakes Shopping Centre still requires a liquor licence from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, the City has changed the store’s use from ‘Shop’ to ‘Shop/Liquor Store’.
The City sent letters to owners of 182 properties and 65 occupiers of properties were invited to comment as part of their public consultation.
Six submissions were received, five which objected to the proposal and one from the Water Corporation which raised no objection.
The objections were mainly concerned with the prospect of increased anti-social behaviour, negative impact upon the area’s amenity and proliferation of liquor stores/licensed premises.
However, the council’s report stated it was management’s responsibility to deal with customers appropriately and the land use was consistent with the site’s commercial nature.
It also noted applications for licensed premises were considered on a case-by-case basis and any future application would be assessed on their individual merits.