Farm­ers store plan hov­er­ing

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The planned Farm­ers store on Ed­in­burgh St is not 100 per­cent def­i­nite un­til a rec­om­men­da­tion is given to Franklin District Coun­cil from an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner.

Win­der­mere Hold­ings and Farm­ers Trad­ing Com­pany have been plan­ning the three-level build­ing for sev­eral years and it may fi­nally be­gin next month.

The de­vel­op­ment plan is cur­rently be­ing ex­am­ined by an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner hired by FDC to ad­vise on re­source con­sent.

Win­der­mere Hold­ings di­rec­tor Paul Smith spoke at Pukekohe Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s Busi­ness Af­ter Five event last week about the de­vel­op­ment and when its sched­uled to go ahead.

Mr Smith said while the plan­ning has been go­ing well, due to eco­nomic con­di­tions they are be­ing very care­ful and want to get started as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We are just about there but not quite.

‘‘If any­thing comes up to make it more ex­pen­sive, it’s gone.

‘‘ We have been tip­py­toe­ing so noth­ing gets bro­ken be­fore we cross the line,’’ he said.

The com­mis­sioner’s re­port is nearly fin­ished and Mr Smith is hop­ing the com­mis­sioner will have gone over it and ad­vised the coun­cil within two to three weeks.

If the coun­cil ap­proves the de­vel­op­ment then build­ing will start in April.

A sur­vey done by En­ter­prise Franklin De­vel­op­ment Trust found that Pukekohe-wide shop­pers want a Farm­ers store with car parks so the plan has in­cluded 432 car parks.

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