Land consent change sought for business

CHE BAKER IN ALEXANDRA
Last updated 05:00 10/10/2012

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Touch Yarns owner Margaret Kelly has applied to the Central Otago District Council for a land consent change in the Clyde historic precinct to allow her to open a store on the town's main street.

At a hearing panel in Alexandra yesterday the board discussed an application for a district plan change to allow Ms Kelly to open a retail store on Sutherland St, across the road from The Clyde Dairy, which was classified as a residential area.

The store would sell items such as Christmas goods, knitting yarns, clothing and giftware.

The council received five submissions on Ms Kelly's application, four supporting it and one opposing it. Central Gourmet Galleria co-owner Marianne Maslin-Grimward and Mark Grimward supported the application, saying they believed it would be "very positive for all the businesses in the area and create more of a buzz in the village".

However a joint submission by Leone Mason and Peter Walker, of Invercargill, opposed the application because they preferred the area remained residential.

"We don't want to end up living among any more retail zoned properties than are already present," they said.

The pair recently bought a property nearby as a holiday home because it was near retail properties but had a "residential feel".

They fear they would lose that feeling if the application was approved.

Council planning consultant David Whitney recommended the consent be granted with several conditions including only permitting the store to be open from 9am to 5pm and that three parking spaces were provided for staff and couriers on site.

The panel reserved the decision for 15 working days.

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- The Southland Times

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