Building consent figures down but progress on some developments

A rendering of the extension of Timaru's Pak 'n Save.
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A rendering of the extension of Timaru's Pak 'n Save.

Building consent figures in the Timaru District are down on last year, while some developments steam ahead and others fall to the wayside.

Timaru District Council regulatory services group manager Chris English confirmed total consent values for July and August were at $21 million, down from $38 million last year.

However he said there was nothing to be alarmed about as 2015 had the highest number of consents since 2010.

Concrete walls being installed earlier this year at Timaru's Pak 'n Save supermarket.
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Concrete walls being installed earlier this year at Timaru's Pak 'n Save supermarket.

This was due in part to a number of large developments requiring multiple consents, and consents being sought for new wood burners before their installation was banned under Environment Canterbury's new Air Plan rules.

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The council had received a significant increase in resource consents this year, which indicated building consent numbers "would be fine".

In 2015, the council processed 1410 building consents with a total value of $155 million.

Development is burgeoning in Waimataitai following an application for an off-licence bottle store this month in the Northtown Mall, as progress continues on Pak 'n Save's $7 million extension into the carpark.

Pak 'n Save property and development general manager Roger Davidson said it had been a mild winter and therefore plans were on schedule. It hoped to have the first areas of the new retail floor occupied by early November.

A general refurbishment of the mall would also take place in the new year, before actively seeking new tenants, he said.

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An application for a Henry's bottle store, also owned by Foodstuffs, was publicly notified this month.

Davidson said the proposal was to have the Henry's situated in the mall near Westpac Bank.

He would not comment further pending the resource consent process, but was confident it would come through.

The company had a "very good relationship" with the Timaru District Council, as demonstrated by the extension, and the recent development of Highfield New World.

"We certainly are excited about the opportunity and extending the [Henry's] brand."

Meanwhile a proposed big-box development between the former Timaru A&P showgrounds and BP on Timaru's Evans St was still in the planning stages, though nothing was confirmed.

Earlier this year, Colliers International agent Nick Doig said Australasian retailers had expressed interest in a proposed retail building.

On Wednesday Doig said he had a party visiting the site to inspect it later in the month, but nothing was confirmed at this stage.

It had a plan to develop the site to into a big-box development, which may cater for two or three tenants, he said.

Expansion of provincial towns was not as much of a priority as it was in bigger centres, and therefore there was reduced demand for leases, he said.

The future remains undecided for the former Timaru brickworks site on College Rd, sold in October of last year.

The 2.5 hectare site, previously owned by The Warehouse Group, was sold to Grants Motels Ltd in October 2015.

Grants Motels director Andrew Hocken, based in Auckland, said he and his brother were "quite hands-on" in Twizel and had not yet decided what to do with the land.

They had some ideas, such as a motel, but nothing was confirmed.

"One thing at a time ... when we're ready, we're ready."

It was once the site of the Timaru Steam Brickworks and the South Canterbury Brickworks.

 - Stuff

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