Countdown to new planning hearing date

A new date has been set for a resource consent hearing over a $15 million Mosgiel supermarket.

The new date at the beginning of June comes after Countdown pulled out of the last one following a council planner's recommendation consent be declined.

Council resource consent manager Alan Worthington said a pre-hearing meeting would also be held, at Countdown's request.

Pre-hearing meetings were not commonly requested, but the meeting would give Countdown the opportunity to address some of the concerns raised by the planner and members of the community who made submissions against the project. A Countdown spokeswoman said it was preparing for the hearing and still considering the issues raised and how best to address them. It remained committed to investing in a new Mosgiel supermarket and would continue to work with the council to achieve its aim.

In her report, council planner Amy Young said she did not agree with Countdown's argument the supermarket would maintain and enhance amenity values in what was a residential zone.

There were nine submissions against the development, with increased traffic, pedestrian safety, noise and insufficient on-site parking among residents' concerns, three submissions in support and six neutral.

Her report was one piece of evidence to be considered when the council's hearings committee convenes.

Hearings committee chairman Cr Andrew Noone said the new hearing was set down for June 3-5 at the Salvation Army building in Mosgiel.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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