Neighbours object to plans for coffee shop
Concerned residents are saying a big ‘‘no’’ to a proposed cafe at The Little Grocer site.
The fate of the Grey Lynn property at 311 Richmond Rd will be decided by a panel of independent commissioners after Auckland Council received 62 submissions opposing the application.
A pre-hearing of the resource consent has been setdown for September 16.
Christchurch-based Hummingbird Coffee is proposing to convert the current retail property on the corner of Richmond Rd and Peel St into a 60-seat licensed cafe which will operate from 6.30am to 6pm, seven days a week.
It includes plans to create five parking spaces.
The applicants are also planning to install a coffee roasting facility in the basement.
Surrounding residents fear an increase in traffic, parking shortage and the noise and unpleasant smells from coffee roasting.
The application was publicly notified on May 27 and submissions closed on June 25.
The council received 62 submissions opposing the application and one which was unstated or neutral.
Three independent commissioners and one local board member will now hear submissions and make a decision on the application for resource consent.