Com­plex con­cerns

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA WHITTAKER

RE­TAIL gi­ant The Ware­house has the green light to build a shop­ping and apart­ment com­plex in Bal­moral.

But neigh­bours are still hop­ing changes might be made to the plans.

The Ware­house’s prop­erty arm, El­damos In­vest­ments, has been granted re­source con­sent for the two-build­ing devel­op­ment which will in­clude The Ware­house, 34 apart­ments and 234 car park­ing spa­ces at its site on Bal­moral Rd.

The ex­ist­ing store will be re­moved along with a fruit and veg­etable store and cof­fee shop, the Bal­moral Rd BP ser­vice sta­tion, and a house at 16 Rock­lands Ave.

It’s not yet clear when work will start, a spokes­woman for The Ware­house says.

Nearby res­i­dents were first no­ti­fied of the plans in 2010.

It was put on hold un­til the coun­cil re­ceived a traf­fic re­port in 2013 and was no­ti­fied again last year ( Cen­tral Leader, Jan­uary 29, 2014).

Forty-five sub­mis­sions were made ask­ing that it be de­clined.

Three were made in sup­port this time around.

Rock­lands Ave res­i­dent San­dra Frakes is among a group of neigh­bours that have been lob­by­ing The Ware­house to make de­sign changes. ‘‘We’re not both­ered that they have got con­sent.

‘‘The con­cept of tidy­ing the area up is fine,’’ Frakes says. ‘‘It’s the fact that our voices haven’t been heard.’’

Rock­lands Ave will be­come a main ser­vice en­trance – some­thing neigh­bours are against.

‘‘There will be de­liv­ery trucks com­ing and go­ing in a res­i­den­tial street, then there is the car park­ing, there is a lot of con­cern,’’ Frakes says.

Res­i­dents held a meet­ing on Tues­day night to dis­cuss their op­tions.

‘‘We’ve got to ac­cept it is go­ing ahead. But we want to work with The Ware­house to mit­i­gate the neg­a­tive im­pacts for the neigh­bours the best that they can,’’ Frakes says.

Photo: PETER MEECHAM

Party time: The Auck­land Pride Pa­rade will kick off on Pon­sonby Rd to­mor­row at 7.30pm.

Artist’s im­pres­sion: An il­lus­tra­tion of what the new Bal­moral Ware­house is ex­pected to look like.

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