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Shop size backdown 'heartening'
Developer Charter Hall has sus-
pended its application to reduce
store sizes at its Park Megacentre
in Hastings in the face of massive
public opposition to its plans.
All 279 submissions received
from the public were against
Charter Hall being allowed to
build stores less than the mini-
mum 1000 square metres permit-
ted at the large-format retail cen-
tre off Karamu Rd.
Submitters feared the smaller
stores would be in direct compe-
tition with inner city retailers in
the Hastings central business dis-
A Hastings District Council-
commissioned report assessed the
change could have a negative $12
million economic impact on the
city s commercial zone.
After the public outcry, Charter
Hall requested its application be
referred directly to the Environ-
ment Court, which council agreed
to.Charter Hall then changed tack,
asking that the matter be heard
by independent commissioners.
A letter dated January 10 from
Haines Planning Consultants,
sent to council on behalf of Char-
ter Hall, advised that the
developers now wished to place
the application on hold until they
had assessed all resource man-
agement options available to them
to secure stores below the . . .
The letter said Charter Hall
was considering lodging a pri-
vately initiated plan-change
request to allow for smaller stores.
Charter Hall would advise coun-
cil if it wished to proceed further
after investigating its options.
Last Friday, council sent letters
to all submitters alerting them to
Charter Hall s backdown.
Accordingly a hearing date will
not be set unless Charter Hall
wish to resume processing of the
application, the letter stated.
If Charter Hall did go ahead
with its application, all submitters
could make presentations at
It is heartening to see that
Charter Hall may have recognised
the strength of feeling from the
people of Hastings, who all clearly
see the need to protect the
viability of our central business
district, said Hastings Business
Association general manager Jane
Councillor Wayne Bradshaw,
who staunchly opposed the appli-
cation, said if Charter Hall
decided to resurrect the appli-
cation it would be an interesting
and long-running process.
And so it should be, because at
risk are many fundamentals that
Hastings has to get right.
Mrs Janes said any moves to
resurrect the plan would be met
with the same opposition by the
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Broken glass report site
embraced by cyclists
iWay is about getting more walkers and cyclists into the great
outdoors, and we must be sure that the paths and cycleways are
kept free from glass and other debris.
Hastings District Council communications
and marketing manager Paul Evans
More than 30 people a month
are making use of a cycling
hazards reporting facility on
Hastings District Council s
The iWay internet reporting
system attracted 101 reports in
its first three months, after
going on-line in September.
By far the major report is
glass on the road, with over 40
instances. The rest of the
problems are wide ranging from
trees with overhanging branches
to pot holes and pieces of con-
crete left on the road, said coun-
cil communications and market-
ing manager Paul Evans.
The reports related to roads,
footpaths and cycleways.
We have checked via email
with a number of the people who
have complained about glass
and they all reported that the
problem had been cleared
The iWay website contains a
link to a map of the district on
which residents can mark the
location of minor problems and
type in the details of hazards
they spot on roads or footpaths.
The internet reporting sys-
tem is off to a very strong start
. . . iWay is about getting more
walkers and cyclists into the
great outdoors and we must be
sure that the paths and
cycleways are kept free from
glass and other debris, said Mr
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