Green light for Whitby supermarket

Last updated 15:24 21/09/2012

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Plans for a new $14 million New World supermarket in Whitby have now obtained resource consent, but work will not be starting till next year.

Foodstuffs retail development manager Marty Price said there was still one more hurdle to cross before construction could start.

Whitby Coastal Estates, which last year sold two hectares of land at Duck Creek to Foodstuffs, still had to obtain consent for the subdivision.

Meanwhile further design work was being done and he hoped building would now be able to start next year.

Construction would take about a year and Price expected the supermarket would now open sometime in 2014.

The new store, about three times the size of the 35-year-old supermarket  in nearby Whitby Shopping Centre, will be built alongside a realigned Duck Creek.

The plan provides for a 3400sqm building and parking for 314 cars.

The Adventure Park skate park will have to be demolished to make way for the development although Foodstuffs are to build a new one in the area.

Planning commissioner Christine Fletcher, who heard submissions on the supermarket proposal, said it aligned with district plan policies.

''In my view, the supermarket will enhance the amenities, quality and attractiveness of the Whitby suburb and assist to consolidate the economic and social vibrancy of the Whitby Village Centre,'' Fletcher said.

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