Consent granted for new supermarket

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A new supermarket for Richmond is a step closer after Foodstuffs South Island was granted a non-notifiable resource consent to build a New World supermarket at Three Brothers Corner.

The Tasman District Council approved the resource consent on Thursday following a lengthy process that started when Foodstuffs purchased the former Bay Nursery site in 2007. Although the 1.64 hectare site has frontages adjoining Gladstone Rd and residential areas on Bateup Rd and Paramu Pl, council has processed the consent without any public notification.

In its report, council stated that “the adverse environmental effects of the activity are considered to be minor so the application has been processed without notification”.

The consent is for a 4000 square metre supermarket and two smaller retail tenancies with a total area of no greater than 400 square metres. It includes a number of conditions including Foodstuffs contributing $44,900 towards a right-turn bay on Bateup Rd – the other access will be on Gladstone Rd.

It also requires the supermarket’s opening hours to be restricted to 7am to 10pm seven days a week with semi-trailer deliveries limited to 7am to 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 8pm on weekends and holidays. All exterior lighting must also be directed away from adjoining residential properties.

Foodstuffs had earlier successfully applied to have the site rezoned for commercial activity. It had also been granted two resource consents relating to the site’s stormwater discharge and floodwater management.