Countdown mediation begins today

Mediation on Mosgiel's proposed new Countdown supermarket will begin today.

The supermarket giant was given consent in October to build a 3300sq m store on an empty Gordon Rd site.

But that consent came with conditions, "a few'' of which Countdown's parent company Progressive Enterprises appealed, Countdown's general manager of property Adrian Walker said.

The appeal was sent to the Environment Court, which directed the parties to consider mediation.

Chairman of the Dunedin City Council hearings committee which issued the consent Cr Andrew Noone said the "first crack'' at that mediation would start today, with both parties showing a willingness to be involved in the process.

Mr Walker said Countdown was hopeful "the outstanding issues with the proposed Countdown Mosgiel site can be resolved through mediation, so that we can begin work on the site to deliver a great new supermarket and jobs in the area''.

It was not possible for the company to commit to construction dates "until these final outstanding issues are resolved'', Mr Walker said.

"However, we will be sure to update local residents about any developments as soon as we can.''

craig.borley@odt.co.nz

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