ANGRY neighbours are banding together to fight hardware giant Bunnings moving in to the suburb of Arch Hill.
Bunnings is seeking resource consent to construct and operate a store at 272-302 Great North Rd on the border of Grey Lynn and Arch Hill with a loading zone at the rear of a warehouse on Dean St.
Houses and a kindergarten sit opposite the site on the small, noexit section of the street which residents say would be used by up to 40 large trucks and 20 courier vans a day.
A Bunnings spokeswoman says Auckland Council commissioners recommended the consent be processed on a limited notification basis.
Notified parties have until May 3 to comment.
The development will have three storeys – two basement levels and a main warehouse with one primary public access fronting on to Great North Rd.
Arch Hill teacher Sue Lyons lives on nearby King St and says the plans are shocking.
‘‘It just feels like corporates moving into our little neighbourhood that don’t care at all. No matter how you dress it up it will be this big ugly thing that dominates.’’
A significant number of residents in the streets surrounding the site have not been informed, she says.
‘‘Bunnings has had 10 months to put something together – we have just 28 days.’’
The development will cover the former Summit House and Wattyl Trade Paint centre sites.
A residents’ action meeting was held on Monday night to assemble a collective objection to the store.
Anita Aggrey, who has lived in the mixed use zoning area for almost two decades, says residents are concerned by the resulting increase in traffic volume along Dean St.
‘‘What they are trying to do is bigger than the space can hold.
‘‘It will change the whole vibe of the area – it’s the sort of thing that should be on the outskirts, not in the middle of lovely Arch Hill.’’
Residents met with the retail giant last year and suggested an internal loading lane within the building would solve part of the problem.
Bunnings says in its proposal it will also have a shortfall of available car parks, Ms Aggrey says.
‘‘It will place stress on already over-burdened parking situations for residents because most of us don’t have off-street parking. We already deal with commuter parking.’’
Noise pollution from the warehouse, which will operate from 7am to 9pm seven days a week during summer months, is also a concern.
Anita Aggrey and Arch Hill residents are fighting plans by retail giant Bunnings to build a three-level warehouse store in the small suburb of Arch Hill.