Cafe gets go-ahead af­ter ap­peal

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

Af­ter two-and-a-half years and an En­vi­ron­ment Court hear­ing, the fate of an old Auck­land cor­ner store has been de­cided.

For­merly the Lit­tle Gro­cer, the court de­cided on ap­peal on Au­gust 23 that 311 Rich­mond Rd in Grey Lynn can now be de­vel­oped into a cafe.

Auck­land Coun­cil ini­tially de­clined the re­source con­sent for the cafe fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers hear­ing.

Neigh­bours be­came aware in Jan­uary 2014 that Oddfel­lows Hold­ings Ltd had pur­chased the site and were propos­ing a li­censed, 60-seat cafe with a cof­fee roast­ery. Many of the neigh­bours op­posed the cafe from the out­set, their con­cerns in­clude traf­fic risks, noise and amenity value to the area.

Ge­orge Cow­per, an Oddfel­lows di­rec­tor, says since the ini­tial cafe an­nounce­ment sig­nif­i­cant changes have been made to the pro­posed cafe.

The changes in­cluded re­duc­ing seat­ing to 45 and re­duc­ing the size of the car park. The En­vi­ron­ment Court de­ci­sion states the changes have mit­i­gated any ad­verse ef­fects to the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and con­sent should now be granted.

Jess Fowler, The Grey Lynn and West­mere Res­i­dent So­ci­ety spokesper­son, says ‘‘we are mys­ti­fied as to why the En­vi­ron­ment Court has ef­fec­tively over­ruled the coun­cil’s own plans and de­cided a 45-seat cafe and car park are a good use of this res­i­den­tial site at a time when Auck­land ur­gently needs houses’’.

TOM CARNEGIE / FAIR­FAX NZ.

The owner of 311 Rich­mond Rd wants it to be­come a flag­ship cafe.

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