Aotea camp oc­cu­pants given no­tice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TESSA JOHN­STONE

It was a tough de­ci­sion for Aotea Camp­ing Ground co-owner Peter Hunt­ing­ton to sell but a busi­ness de­ci­sion had to be made.

The camp­ground, near the top of Whit­ford Brown Ave, is home for a num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries and home­less peo­ple.

New own­ers Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises, who plan to build a $17 mil­lion Count­down su­per­mar­ket on the site, are giv­ing the semi-per­ma­nent res­i­dents a year’s no­tice to find other homes, Hunt­ing­ton said.

More than 50 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived by Porirua City Coun­cil on a district plan change which would re-zone the area from res­i­den­tial to al­low for the devel­op­ment. About three-quar­ters of the sub­mit­ters wanted the pro­posal re­jected en­tirely.

The pro­posed 12-me­tre high, 3160 square me­tre su­per­mar­ket would tower over neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, block sun­light and in some cases give shoppers a di­rect view into homes, ac­cord­ing to one sub­mit­ter. Oth­ers have ex­pressed con­cern about the im­pact on traf­fic, pedes­trian safety, noise, and the ef­fect on their prop­erty val­ues.

Hunt­ing­ton said there were a num­ber of is­sues to be ad­dressed, in­clud­ing pedes­trian safety for nearby early child­hood cen­tres.

Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises spokes- man Adrian Walker said the su­per­mar­ket would cre­ate up to 80 new jobs and would be a ‘‘great of­fer’’ for the rapidly grow­ing Aotea sub­urb.

‘‘We’ve worked hard to put for­ward a de­sign that com­ple­ments the site and sur­round­ing area with na­tive trees and land­scap­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘Feed­back on the plan change is im­por­tant to us, and we’ll con­tinue to work through that feed­back.’’

Its sub­mis­sion to the plan change asked for the su­per­mar­ket to be al­lowed 3160sqm rather than the 3000sqm it ini­tially asked for.

Sev­eral sub­mit­ters pointed out that there were five other su­per­mar­kets within a 6 kilo­me­tre ra­dius of the pro­posed site, in­clud­ing Count­down Porirua, and some said it would jeopardise the vi­a­bil­ity of smaller su­per­mar­kets in the area.

Car­rus Cor­po­ra­tion, the com­pany be­hind the 246ha Aotea devel­op­ment, has op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause there is al­ready an area zoned for com­mer­cial devel­op­ment within its bound­aries.

Hear­ings on the pro­posed plan change will be heard in early Septem­ber. If ap­proved, Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises would go through a re­source con­sent process for its plans. The con­sent would not have to be pub­licly no­ti­fied.

Photo: RHIANNON MCCON­NELL

Un­pop­u­lar site: The Aotea Camp­ing Ground, off Whit­ford Brown Ave, the lo­ca­tion of the pro­posed new Count­down su­per­mar­ket.

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