Sub­mis­sions in on new su­per­mar­ket

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The Count­down su­per­mar­ket bound for Tawa’s Takapu Is­land de­vel­op­ment has gar­nered more sup­port than op­po­si­tion in re­cent coun­cil sub­mis­sions.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil re­ceived 14 sub­mis­sions on Gen­eral Distrib­u­tors Ltd’s re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion to build the su­per­mar­ket, half in favour and a fur­ther two neu­tral on the is­sue. Five sub­mis­sions op­posed the de­vel­op­ment. Sub­mis­sions closed on June 14.

A 4200 square me­tre Count­down is planned for a site be­side Tawa’s SH1 of­framp, be­tween Takapu and Wil­low­bank Rds.

The su­per­mar­ket would be the first stage of a planned 6.1 hectare shop­ping de­vel­op­ment on the site. Some of the site is cur­rently used as a 12-space ‘‘park ‘n’ ride’’ carpark for train and bus com­muters.

Sup­port­ers and op­po­nents voiced their sub­mis­sions to coun­cil­lor Andy Fos­ter and two in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers over four days in late July and early Au­gust. The panel will come to a de­ci­sion in the next few weeks, a coun­cil spokesper­son said.

Tawa res­i­dent Graham Bruce said a new su­per­mar­ket was ur­gently needed to give res­i­dents more choice and con­ve­nience.

‘‘Ev­ery day that the de­ci­sion is de­layed will waste petrol and my time when I travel to Porirua for gro­cery shop­ping,’’ he wrote.

Sev­eral sup­port­ers in­cluded con­di­tions in their sub­mis­sions, such as that im­pact on traf­fic, pedes­trian ac­cess, wa­ter­ways and park­ing should be con­sid­ered.

In­creased traf­fic, spoil­ing the ‘‘gateway to Tawa’’ and the view from the mo­tor­way, and the ap­pear­ance of the su­per­mar­ket were all men­tioned in op­pos­ing sub­mis­sions.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil sub­mit­ted in op­po­si­tion, say­ing the de­vel­op­ment would es­ca­late the risk of stormwa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, and the loss of the park ‘ n’ ride area would re­quire com­pen­sa­tion.

The Welling­ton Ar­chi­tec­ture Cen­tre also op­posed the de­vel­op­ment, say­ing it would suck the life out of Tawa’s main shop­ping street.

‘‘Tawa is a small sub­ur­ban town­ship area that is al­ready home to an undis­tin­guished col­lec­tion of shops and is cur­rently try­ing to build up more of a sense of com­mu­nity,’’ pres­i­dent Christine Mc­Carthy wrote.

‘‘We do not be­lieve that the con­tin­u­ing stretch­ing out of the Tawa shop­ping area into a lin­ear for­mat, en­cour­ag­ing and man­dat­ing the use of au­to­mo­bile-only ac­cess, is a mat­ter that is good for the sub­urb of Tawa.’’

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