Penrith councillors have strongly opposed the proposed Parkview development currently with the NSW Planning Minister for a decision.
Deputy mayor Ross Fowler said the site was at a gateway to the Penrith city centre.
It has been recognised by the state government and the council that the site has a strategic role to play for high density residential living close to the city centre.
"Back in 2008, council approved a masterplan that had a mix of landscaped residential with green open space and small retail," Cr Fowler said.
"What we have before us now makes a mockery of that masterplan.
"It is audacious that city centre housing, which will be much desired in the future, should be pushed aside for a hardware and more shops - stretching the CBD ever further."
Council will outline its concerns in a submission to the government by the end of November.
Top travel agency
Harvey World Travel Emu Plains was named Travel Agency of the Year in NSW Metro at the company's symposium held in Vietnam last month.
The local office has been sending customers on their holidays for 27 years.
Glenmore Ridge award
Glenmore Ridge Stockland residential community has been awarded a commendation in the Planning Institute of Australia's great place award category at the 2012 NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.
The extension to Glenmore Park has been designed with a focus on promoting the community and healthy, sustainable living.
The centrepiece is a restored corridor that includes eight fitness stations dotted along a 2.4-kilometre walking path and cycleway, with 280,000 native plants.