Woolworths withdraws bid for Mayfield Dan Murphy’s

WOOLWORTHS has withdrawn a liquor licence application for a proposed Dan Murphy’s store in Mayfield.

The licence related to a former service station site at 84-90 Maitland Road.

The site is only a few hundred metres from the existing Woolworths store, which has an attached liquor outlet.

The Mayfield Business Association raised concerns about the potential proliferation of liquor outlets in the area.

‘‘Within a one-kilometre radius of the proposed site there are already three packaged liquor outlets, two bottle shops, three hotels and two licensed clubs,’’ the association’s submission said.

It also raised concerns about the increased risk of anti-social behaviour in the community.

Community groups had previously been told they needed to make submissions on the project by January 9, 2013.

However, following inquiries from the Newcastle Herald this week, a Woolworths spokeswoman said the liquor licence application had been withdrawn.

She did not comment about the status of an associated development application for the site.

Mayfield Business Association spokesman John Hayes said the group was yet to be formally advised of Woolworths’ decision to withdraw the liquor licence application.

‘‘We are obviously pleased, but we have only heard about it second-hand,’’ he said. ‘‘We were particularly concerned about the lack of community consultation surrounding the proposal.’’

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