The owners of the Bunbury Farmers Market have suspended its controversial development application until after the State Government’s structure plan for Glen Iris is released, which is likely to include changes to the intersection of Vittoria Road and Forrest Highway. The grocery store lodged the application this month for changes to its truck delivery routes and the store’s carpark and decided to defer the application after meetings with Bunbury MLA Don Punch. The plans led to an outcry, with residents of neighbouring Glen Iris launching a petition and protesting outside the store. The public submission period will run until May 21, but the application won’t be heard by the council until the Farmers Market request it to be, which will be after the State Government releases its structure plan for the area. Bunbury Farmers Market owner Kevin Opferkuch said the decision gave the company time to properly work through issues at the neighbouring intersection. “There is a structure plan that is going to be released very shortly for public comment in which we believe there is stuff happening with Vittoria Road which is going to ease the congestion,” he said. “Don wants to look at a more holistic solution and of course we can only control what goes on in the Farmers Market, but certainly I think the State Government has got some very, very constructive solutions to what is a big problem — the safety. “I think this time, we will get something that will work, that will make Vittoria Road safer, which is what we want at the Farmers Market.” Glen Iris residents committee spokesperson John Kowal said the deferral was the first victory for the residents. “This is a proposal whereby the council and the State need to step up and have a look at the plans, it needs a more strategic approach to it,” he said. “That is what has occurred now thanks to Don Punch and the councillors, they’ve been able to have the Farmers Market defer their plans whilst a more strategic plan for Glen Iris, especially when it comes to traffic management and movement, is actually developed. “I think it is a great outcome for now, common sense has prevailed.” At a meeting with residents last weekend, Mr Punch said the community would still have a chance to have its say on the matter. “Council has replied and said public submissions will stay open until the set date and then the clock will stop and it won’t go to council until the Farmers Market request it to proceed,” Mr Punch said. “The Farmers Market have indicated that they want to work through those issues with the intersection.” Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan confirmed the application had been put on hold.