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BOOKDEALERS FORCED TO CLOSE (article first published : 2001-03-29)

The closure of Bookdealers of Musgrave on the threat of legal action by the city has distressed many book lovers.

A letter from the city's Development and Planning Unit, states that the use of the property constitutes a contravention of the Town Planning Scheme "in course of preparation". This is despite the fact, just up the road, next to Berea Park, permission has been obtained by a private developer to convert a decommissioned electrical sub-station into a complex consisting of a flower shop, speciality food and homeware shop - and a bookshop and coffee shop.

And even closer to Bookdealers on the same side of the road, a three-story office block is on the rise.

Talbot claims her property falls into the proposed zone of the new Urban Core Extension Plan - up for council approval next month - which will permit an "Office and Residential Conversion and Redevelopment Precinct to create an area where small scale retail and offices may also be permitted through the conversion of existing buildings or through redevelopment.

But all is not lost. Owner, Penny-Lee Talbot has found new premises for her bookshop in Cowey Road. She will be opening there sometime in April and she promises a mammoth supply of fine quality second-hand books recently purchased in the United Kingdom. Phone (031) 202-5935.




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