A DEVELOPMENT application to build a Dan Murphy's liquor store in Nuwarra Road in Moorebank has been slammed by local residents, retailers and the Nuwarra Public School P&C.
The primary school backs onto the site earmarked for the development.
Owned by Woolworths, the site is also within 500 metres of four schools and within a few metres of a community library.
The proposed development is only six kilometres from the Hume Highway store in Casula, and within walking distance of two other liquor outlets.
A further six liquor outlets are within a two-kilometre radius of the Nuwarra Road location.
Nuwarra Public School P&C treasurer Michelle Wilson said the proximity of the liquor store to the school was a secondary concern when compared with the traffic impact the development could have on the road.
"There is a real problem with their traffic management plan," Ms Wilson said.
"The peak traffic periods are at school pick-up and drop-off times. You can see the backlog of traffic on that road in the afternoons.
"Not only that, but a lot more students are utilising that corner with pedestrian traffic.
"Kids often run across the road without looking, and increasing the traffic on this road increases their risk of getting seriously hurt.
"If we are putting students in an increased traffic situation, then something needs to be done to ensure their safe passage."
The P&C has made a submission to the council for its support in reassessing the applicant's traffic impact statement.
A Woolworths spokeswoman said an analysis of the trade area had found the market to be of sufficient size to support the proposed store.
"We take our responsibility to the local community very seriously," the spokeswoman said.
"We consider a variety of factors when selecting a store site and feel this site will best serve the community."
The development application is being assessed at present by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel before it returns to the council for final determination.