Supermarket giant Coles has come under fire from health experts for forging ahead with plans for a mega liquor store about 200m from a similar-sized outlet planned by rival Woolworths.
The City of Fremantle planning committee will tonight consider an application from Coles to build the 1619sqm outlet on Hampton Road in Beaconsfield under its 1st Choice Liquor superstore brand.
In an unusual twist, the application asks for a two-year extension on a planning approval that was fought and won by Woolworths in the State Administrative Tribunal concerning the same site in 2010.
Coles subsequently bought the site and Woolworths has since received council approval for a 1360sqm Dan Murphy's liquor store about 200m north-west on Hampton Road.
Both applications are understood to be under assessment by liquor licensing authorities.
Council planners have recommended the Coles application be approved under the same terms of the tribunal's 2010 determination.
McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth director Mike Daube said there were enough problems in the community "with violence and other problems caused by alcohol".
"The last thing we need is more liquor barns, just 200m apart, competitively promoting cheap alcohol," he said.
A Coles spokesman said while it was up to the director of liquor licensing to assess the application on its merits, it was a responsible liquor retailer.
"We only apply for new store licences where we believe we can provide greater choice, value and convenience," he said.Woolworths declined to comment.
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