Countdown Resource Consent Approved
Friday, July 14, 2017
Hawera's Town Centre got a major boost today with the announcement that local developers (UT Developments) have been granted resource consent to build a new Countdown supermarket beside the existing one on its Nelson Street site.
UT Developments chair, Graeme Champion, was delighted with the decision by independent commissioner, Paul Thomas, and says the project will completely revitalise the area.
“At 3500m2 the new supermarket building will be much larger with a much larger range of products. The whole area will be re-oriented and re-designed with increased parking, improved traffic flows and pedestrian access,” he says.
Mr Champion says that, subject to the appeal period (15 working days); work will begin on detailed designs for the new supermarket with construction possibly starting early next year.
“The intention is to keep the existing supermarket open until the new one is finished. We will demolish the adjacent vacant buildings (which were Carpet Court and the old Towers building) some time before Christmas to make temporary car parking, as well as using the old car sales yard on the corner of Victoria and Nelson streets,” he says.
“As with any new development of this size, there will be some short-term inconvenience, but this will be managed in an effort to minimise disruption and the end result will be fantastic for the town.”
Mr Champion also complimented the South Taranaki District Council (STDC) for its support and leadership.
“When the Council announced its strategy to redevelop the Hawera town centre, UT Developments saw this as perfect timing to build a new supermarket which would hopefully encourage further developments in the town,” he says.
STDC Mayor Ross Dunlop was also pleased to hear the development was progressing.
“One of the key goals underpinning Council’s Town Centre Strategy was that it would be a catalyst to drive change and encourage private enterprise to invest in the town centre – and that is exactly what we are seeing,” says Mayor Dunlop.
“This is the third such development I am aware of and I understand there are others in the pipeline. This is a very exciting time for Hawera and South Taranaki and endorses the Council’s strategy. This development means we retain a major retail outlet in the centre of town which is absolutely vital for the long term sustainability and vibrancy of the CBD,” he says.
“The development will create new job opportunities and provide a real shot of confidence for the local economy.”
Mayor Dunlop says the developers have also agreed to contribute an additional $200,000 towards the reconfiguration of portions of Nelson and Union streets which will border the new development.
“This is another great example of the Council and local businesses working together for the betterment of the district.”