500 cars hourly at New World

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Up to 500 ve­hi­cles are expected to en­ter and exit the new Whitby New World su­per­mar­ket ev­ery hour.

This is just one of many im­pli­ca­tions of the de­vel­op­ment be­ing con­sid­ered by Com­mis­sioner Chris­tine Fos­ter fol­low­ing a re­cent ju­di­cial hear­ing for Food­stuffs’ re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ms Fos­ter could is­sue her de­ci­sion, which may in­clude con­di­tions, this week.

The hear­ing, which also re­ceived oral sub­mis­sions from res­i­dents and Whitby Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, out­lined the scale of Food­stuffs’ plans.

The floor area will be 3400sqm and the car park will have 167 spa­ces at ground level – which will be avail­able for users of Ad­ven­ture Park – as well as 147 un­der­ground.

Earth­works will gen­er­ate about 250 truck move­ments from the site and could start early next year.

While there will be no re­stric­tions on open­ing hours, it is pro­posed that no de­liv­er­ies can be made be­fore 7am and af­ter 10pm.

Of the 20 sub­mis­sions made, the 13 in sup­port said a new su­per­mar­ket was re­quired to meet Whitby’s growth.

Other sub­mit­ters ex­pressed con­cern for the noise and traf­fic ef­fects on the re­tire­ment vil­lage and bowl­ing club, a lack of con­sul­ta­tion with skatepark users, in­ad­e­quate ur­ban de­sign as­sess­ment and the ef­fect on nearby prop­erty val­ues.

A pedes­trian cross­ing will also be in­stalled on Dis­cov­ery Dr to im­prove ac­cess pedes­trian ac­cess to the new su­per­mar­ket and a stronger link to Whitby mall.

Food­stuffs’ prop­erty de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mark Lash told Kapi-Mana News there was some work to be done with groups like the re­tire­ment vil­lage and bowl­ing club but they were con­fi­dent they would al­lay their con­cerns.

‘‘We’re pretty com­fort­able where things are right now.’’

Should re­source con­sent be granted, Mr Lash said the rest of this year would be spent plan­ning for the su­per­mar­ket’s con­struc­tion.

He hoped the project could go to ten­der early next year, af­ter which the con­trac­tor would re­lease its own sched­ule.

The size, num­ber of car parks and oper­at­ing hours are still to be fi­nalised.

Mr Lash hopes Whitby New World will be a cat­a­lyst for im­prove­ments at Whitby mall, the site of the cur­rent su­per­mar­ket and set for ma­jor rede­vel­op­ment.

He says talks are on­go­ing with the skatepark group, and Food­stuffs hope to have a draft skatepark de­sign to present to them in the com­ing weeks.

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