Coles starts clean-up before sale of Maylands vacant lot

COLES is planning to sell the vacant block on Guildford Road in Maylands after owning it since 2008 and having plans to build a First Choice Liquor store rejected.

A Coles spokesman said in response to community concerns about the land, the company was “acting as a matter of priority” to clean up the site.

He said it had started removing overgrown vegetation and repairing the fence.

“Coles is now in advanced discussions with an interested party to sell the site for potential development,” he said.

The Eastern Reporter asked Coles several questions, including how much it wanted to sell the site for, but the spokesman said the above comment was the only one the company would make at this stage.

In 2008, the City of Bayswater approved an application from Coles to establish four retail tenancies and a tavern.

Coles applied in 2011 for a liquor licence on the site to develop a 1250sqm First Choice Liquor barn, 10 times the size of an average Liquorland outlet.

Bayswater Council rejected the application in 2012, but that decision was overturned by the Central Metro Development Assessment Panel.

The WA Liquor Commission did not grant approval for a liquor licence at the site.

Coles, operating under the name Liquorland, appealed the decision in the WA Supreme Court in 2013, where the appeal was rejected.