Submissions in on new supermarket
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.’’