Con­sent ap­proved

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

Tawa’s pro­posed Count­down su­per­mar­ket has been granted resource con­sent by Welling­ton City Coun­cil.

A 4200-square-me­tre su­per­mar­ket with a park­ing lot at­tached will be built at Takapu Is­land near the Tawa mo­tor­way of­framp.

Five pub­lic sub­mis­sions op­posed the de­vel­op­ment, with seven in favour.

‘‘The com­mis­sion­ers found that the pro­posal would not have sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse eco­nomic ef­fects on the Tawa town cen­tre and that pre­dicted pop­u­la­tion growth and de­mand would al­low re­cov­ery of trade lev­els within a rel­a­tively short pe­riod,’’ coun­cil de­vel­op­ment plan­ning and com­pli­ance man­ager War­ren Ulusele said.

The coun­cil will re­view stormwa­ter qual­ity and pedes­trian ac­cess to the site once the su­per­mar­ket is built, he said.

Since 2008, the 6.5-hectare Takapu Is­land site has been sit­ting vacant, pend­ing de­vel­op­ment.

A train and bus com­muter car park had been planned but was never built.

The coun­cil said in its re­port, if the su­per­mar­ket’s car park is not used to ca­pac­ity, ‘‘ park ‘ n’ ride’’ spa­ces may be cre­ated. Ex­ist­ing ‘‘ park ‘ n’ ride’’ car parks on Bosco­bel Ln may be re­moved near the su­per­mar­ket’s ac­cess to avoid block­ing cars and ser­vice ve­hi­cles.

Tawa’s ex­ist­ing Wool­worths su­per­mar­ket will close in Novem­ber. The build­ing will re­open next year as a ri­val New World.

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