Wollongong City Council has refused the controversial proposal to build a KFC next to Bulli Woolworths.
The plan to set up a fried-chicken outlet in the northern suburbs sparked an uproar from both yes and no camps early this year, with anti-KFC groups arguing the franchise could affect the environment, heritage and children’s eating habits.
After several reviews, and revised plans being lodged in June, the council has ruled the plans fail to comply with a litany of local and NSW Government planning rules. These include development standards relating to signage, coastal protection, earthworks, parking, crime prevention, flood management and “character”.
“The proposal fails to demonstrate the likely impacts of the development will not be adverse,” the council refusal said.
The Yes to KFC in Bulli group has expressed disappointment.
“We hold out hope for delicious KFC Krushers and Supercharged Zinger Burgers, even if things look grim for now,” the Facebook page administrators said.
Others – including the Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Mithra Cox – have labelled the council decision “a win for the community”.
The applicant has the right to appeal in the Land and Environment Court within six months.