Neigh­bours ob­ject to plans for cof­fee shop

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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