An application was submitted to the City of Bayswater to develop a 3519sq m outlet.
The proposed plan was to merge seven existing shops and children�s playground area to develop Spudshed at the southwestern portion of the building. The existing children�s playground, which is a moveable structure, is expected to be relocated to another part of Coventry Village.
The motion stirred debate between councillors.
Councillor Terry Kenyon said Coventry developers promised the site would be a tourist attraction based on the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne but had become nothing short of a supermarket.
Councillor John Rifici said council had to look at commercial enterprise on its merits, with Spudshed having the possibility to be a �great drawcard�.
Councillor Mike Anderton, who moved the item, said the superstore would be a major employer for the immediate area.
A Spudshed spokes-man said the applicant was considering a number of options to support the expansion in the northern corridor and did not wish to comment.