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by Katarina Slavich

The controversial Dickson supermarket development has been given the tick of approval by the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

It will see Coles and Aldi supermarkets, and 140 apartments built near the Dickson shops.

The plans had originally been knocked back by the Authority, because it didn't meet planning and design requirements.

However, the plans have been given the go-ahead now, and Deputy Director-General of the Environment and Planning Directorate said their decision takes into account community concerns raised during the consultation periods.

"The revised proposal from the developer included a number of improvements to the original application, however, the Authority also imposed additional conditions to further improve the outcome for the community," he said.

One of those conditions is to address parking demand during construction, something residents were worried about.

"We are very confident that we can help customers continue to find parking close to the centre, while workers will be able to park around the periphery of the centre," Mr Rake said.

"Following construction, there will be in excess of 450 parking spaces available on site for customers and the general public to use."

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