Plan to bring back dairy supported
Vanguard St's historic Valley Store has been given the Nelson City Council's permission to begin operating again, provided certain conditions are met.
After a hearing, the council granted consent to Christchurch dairy owner Kavita Tailor, who is seeking to buy the property from Pascoe Properties, whose director is Nelson-based property investor Gaire Thompson.
The plan is to turn the building back into a dairy.
The purchase was conditional on consent being granted but was still subject to other conditions, such as a builder's report and the buyer agreeing to the consent conditions, Remax commercial and business agent Revti Verma said.
The application was initially opposed by a council planner, unless the likely effects on two neighbouring properties could be properly addressed.
The council received two submissions on the consent application, and both were opposed to the plan.
A petition was also forwarded to the council, signed by 11 people who did not want a grocery store or dairy operating from the building on the corner of Vanguard and Hutcheson Sts.
Neighbours in each street, as well as some in nearby Gorrie and Alfred Sts, said they were against the proposal out of concerns for pedestrian safety and that it would lead to increased traffic movements, the impact on the residential area, noise and light pollution, littering, anti-social behaviour and the nature of the goods sold.
A council staff report noted that the building been used for commercial activities, including a textile workshop, a musical instrument repair business and, recently, a furniture display shop, with goods available for purchase by prior appointment.
Mr Verma said the buyer had plans to turn the store into a dairy similar to that on the corner of Wellington and Rutherford Sts, which he also owned.
He said a consent condition relating to building a 1.8-metre acoustic wall between two neighbours was "fairly restrictive", mainly due to the lack of available expertise in this area.
"We may ask the council for advice on where to seek an engineer who can do it."
Mr Verma said the building had yet to undergo an inspection, and the sale was also subject to finance.
"The purchaser is still keen, and we're now just working through the normal process.
"There's no particular hurry. The offer was initially subject to the sale of one of the owner's businesses in Christchurch, but because the consent took so long on Vanguard St, it fell through," Mr Verma said.
He said that if everything stacked up, the owner planned to move to Nelson and live in the upstairs part of the building.
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