Deadline looms on new supermarket submissions

By Abigail Hartevelt

The Rotorua District Council has yet to receive submissions relating to a convenience retail complex, which will include a supermarket proposed for Lynmore.

However, residents still have just over three weeks to make submissions.

Rotorua developers Holmes Group last month applied for resource consent to develop the more than $10 million "supermarket-based neighbourhood centre" on a 2.7ha site at 346-352 Te Ngae Rd.

The site, which was formerly Holmes Packaging, opposite the entrance to Iles Rd, was sold in 2000 and the site is leased to Sealed Air (New Zealand).

Holmes Group managing director Ryan Holmes had said Sealed Air (New Zealand) was expanding its Hamilton site and there was a real risk the lease might not be renewed by the current tenants in September 2014 when their first term expired.

Mr Holmes said they had tried to attract other businesses to the site but there had been no interest because of the economic conditions and the size of the site.

Holmes Group had applied for resource consent so it would be in a position to redevelop the site if necessary.

Mr Holmes said the proposed centre, which would be known as Lynmore Junction, would include a supermarket, fast food outlet, medical centre, service station, other convenience retail as well as 379 car parks. He said the centre would create about 296 jobs.

The council's team leader of resource consents, Portia McKenzie, said the resource consent application was publicly notified on December 14.

However, Mrs McKenzie said they had not received any submissions yet.

Submissions close at 5pm on February 5 and Mrs McKenzie said after that they would review submissions and if there were submissions opposing the application a pre-hearing or hearing was likely to be set down in April.

The full resource application and submission forms are available on the council's website Submission forms are also available at the council.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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