More than 200 people have signed a petition calling for the proposed Bunnings Warehouse at the former RAAF base to be stopped.
The petition - Stop the development of Bunnings Warehouse in Palmer Street, Dubbo - was launched earlier in the week.
It states "the proposed development will create safety issues for residents, businesses (including child care) and schools in the immediate vicinity", citing an increase in cars to the area, as well as trucks.
"This huge increase in traffic threatens the safety of pedestrians, including children, and other local road users. The associated noise will destroy the amenity of the area for local residents," the petition states.
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However, Bunnings regional operations manager Robyn Hudson said access to and from the site has been designed by the developer's expert consultants and was "carefully considered to ensure a safe and accessible store".
Concerns have also been raised about the Bunnings Warehouse building being "totally out of character" for the area because it will be "on the front doorstep of many residents".
"The project delivers no benefit to the community as Bunnings is currently appropriately located on Sheraton Road in an industrial/commercial area, with room to expand if they need to," the petition states.
The new proposed Bunnings was announced in January.
"Bunnings has been part of the local Dubbo community since 2008 and we're looking to move to a larger location that's expected to create over 40 new jobs for locals, in addition to our existing Dubbo team," Ms Hudson said.
"If approved, the new store would represent a significant direct investment in the local community and would provide residents with an even wider range of home and lifestyle products."
Ms Hudson said the developer worked extensively on a masterplan for the former RAAF site and the project provides a great opportunity for commercial growth and development in Dubbo.
"We value to views of the local community and we'll work with the developer and council to listen to and address community feedback as the application progresses," she said.
The $30 million warehouse will be the largest in the Central West if it's approved by council. It's 68 per cent bigger than the current Bunnings on Sheraton Road.
Spanning more than 17,500 square metres, the new Bunnings is set to include the main warehouse, outdoor nursery, timber trade sales area, café, and a playground. The new store will also feature a 1600 square metre specialised bulk trade offer.
The development application is currently before Dubbo Regional Council.
As part of the work at the former RAAF base, intersections surrounding the site will be upgraded. A new entry/exit on Cobra Street will also be constructed.
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