Bid for gun shop goes to council

The site of the proposed gun shop in North Albury. ALBURY councillors will decide whether a gun shop can open in a residential area in North Albury.
Nanjing Night Net

Albury Council confirmed yesterday due to “significant public interest” in the development application lodged in late August by Habitat Planning, on behalf of Toys for Big Boys Pty Ltd, it would not be decided by staff under delegated authority.

The operators are proposing to open the shop at the western end of Buckingham Street.

“A report will be presented to next week’s planning and development committee meeting making a recommendation on the proposed change of use for the premises in Buckingham Street,” the council’s planning and environment director Mich- ael Keys said.

“The report will be available from Friday and the committee will consider the report on October 13.”

The report will be presented with a staff recommendation, with the planning committee decision to be voted on by the council on October 27.

Cr Daryl Betteridge retained the planning committee chairman’s position recently.

The council wouldn’t divulge the number of submissions received on the gun shop application.

The proposal lodged with the council revealed the front part of the building would be used for firearm sales and the rear for storage and assembly of firearms from pre-manufactured parts.

All loading and unloading of goods would take place inside the shop and, in most cases, in the storage and assembly area at the back.

Three people would work at the shop, but the hours of operation weren’t definitively outlined in the application.

“The hours of operation will be the same as those for most retailing activities,” the application stated.

“The building will be secured in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Firearms Registry.”

Alterations required include window guards and reinforcement of other potential building entry points.

NSW Police officers have inspected the building and made recommendations.

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