Zoning approved for supermarket

Last updated 09:12 06/05/2014

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Plans for a new supermarket in Richmond are one step further along.

The Tasman District Council has approved the rezoning of an area of land near Three Brothers Corner from residential to commercial, which has paved the way for the planned development of a New World supermarket on the site.

Foodstuffs South Island general manager of property Roger Davidson confirmed the plan change had been granted. The next step was an application for resource consent that the company planned to lodge within the next six to eight weeks.

"We're just working through the final documents now," Davidson said.

He predicted it would be relatively straightforward, and did not expect any new matters to come up that were not discussed at the plan change hearing.

Foodstuffs sought Tasman District Council approval last year for a plan change to rezone 1.64 hectares of land from residential to commercial. It bought the site in 2007 and last year revealed details of its plans to build a New World supermarket there. The plans also included a small-scale retail and commercial development and associated car parking, access and landscaping.

Bay Nurseries which operated on the site closed on Christmas Eve, 2012 after 36 years. The council said last year the nursery owner was likely to have had existing use rights, planning permission or a resource consent that enabled operation of a business on land zoned as residential.

Thirty five people made submissions following the proposal's notification on April 27 last year.

Davidson said there were no details yet as to when building might begin.

"The next step in the process is to gain resource consent. We can't specify a date for construction until we get to the next critical juncture which is to gain resource consent.

"That's the time to make that assessment."

Davidson said the company's views about Richmond and the strength of its expanding community had not changed.

"It's a major growth node for the district."

Foodstuffs South Island is part of New Zealand's largest supermarket group which operates New World, Pak ‘n Save and Four Square supermarkets. It reported a $15.6 million net profit for the last financial year.

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