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.