Cor­ner cafe gets go-ahead

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - 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. The hear­ing was held af­ter the coun­cil re­ceived 62 pub­lic sub­mis­sions, 60 of which op­posed the cafe.

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.

‘‘We want the site to be­come Oddfel­lows’

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