Supermarket decision imminent

A decision is expected within a week on whether a new Countdown supermarket planned for Mosgiel's main street will gain council consent.

Countdown's parent company, Progressive Enterprises, applied for land-use consent to turn the old St Mary's Primary School site - bordering Gordon Rd and Church St and zoned residential - into a 3350sq m supermarket.

Submissions were heard at a council hearing committee meeting in June, with residents' concerns focusing on the potential development's impact on traffic, the blocking of sun at neighbouring properties and the effects of parking on surrounding streets.

At that meeting, Progressive Enterprises said its present Mosgiel supermarket was on land owned by rival supermarket giant Foodstuffs, and it would not be able to stay operating from that site once the lease expired in 2018.

Therefore, if consent was not granted for the new site, Progressive Enterprises would have to leave Mosgiel as there were no other appropriate sites in the town, it said.

The proposed supermarket would include a 174-bay car park and planted street frontages and be open from 8am to 9pm.

Dunedin city councillor and hearing committee chairman Andrew Noone said once the committee's decision was released, those wanting to appeal would have 15 working days to do so.

Any appeals would be heard in the Environment Court.

If no appeals were lodged, the committee's decision would be final.

craig.borley@odt.co.nz

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