Island Bay New World is earmarked for an expansion project which could mean the demolition of a local fish and chip shop to make way for more carparking.
Foodstuffs has applied to the Wellington City Council for consent to use neighbouring land at 132 The Parade for carparking for a period not greater than two years, at which point it hopes to establish shopfronts and covered parking on the site.
The company has applied to demolish the existing fish and chip shop and residential building there, extend the car park into the vacant space and make additional changes to the layout of the carpark.
The application states that customer frustration at the short supply of carparking, currently 46 spaces, is increasing and some customers are going elsewhere. For this reason, Foodstuffs bought the site and plans to extend carparking to an extra 15 spaces.
Further plans for another stage of expansion includes covered parking, new retail shopfronts on The Parade and pedestrian access to the main supermarket. Foodstuffs estimates resource consent for this phase will be filed later this year.
Though there is a requirement that frontage on The Parade should be used for shops, Foodstuffs is asking the council for flexibility in its application.
Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette Shallue said the decision had been made after customer feedback during the past six weeks made it clear there was a need for more parking.
The consent application states that ''there are plenty of other providers of takeaway food in the centre'', and goes on to say that some might even consider fewer fast food outlets a positive move. The owner of Parade Fisheries did not want to comment on its possible closure.
The council is accepting public submissions on the application until 4pm on October 31.
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