Panel to hear Aotea supermarket plan

Last updated 11:33 29/06/2014

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An application to build a new Countdown supermarket in Porirua is expected to be heard by a panel of Porirua City councillors in September.

Progressive Enterprises applied earlier this year for a private plan change to clear the way for development of a $17 million supermarket at 3 Whitford Brown Ave in Aotea.

This was put out for public consultation and about 50 submissions were received by the deadline of June 13, said council senior policy analyst Peter Matich.

These were being analysed and a summary would be put out for further submissions closing mid- July.

A report would then be done for a hearings panel which was likely to meet in September.

Matich said the site earmarked for the supermarket was zoned suburban and the council had to decide whether or not to approve the plan change.

The council's decision was subject to appeal, which could cause a substantial delay.

Matich believed the most optimistic outcome, from Progressive's point of view, would see the plan change approved by the end of the year.

The site for the proposed 3000 square metre supermarket is now the Aotea Camp Ground.

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