Mall space to double
From Auckland Council
Hearings Committee decision – Westfield St Lukes
Auckland Council’s Hearings Committee has determined that the resource consent application from Scentre Group to extend Westfield St Lukes will proceed on a non-notified basis.
The decision, made in the confidential section of the committee’s meeting on Tuesday 17 November, is now public as council has informed the applicant.
There is an existing resource consent in place, to extend the shopping mall, which was granted in 2011. This latest application makes some amendments and additions to the already consented proposal, including the replacement of rooftop parking above the consented mall and expanding retail areas.
Councillor Linda Cooper, Chair of the Hearings Panel, says that the effects in the application are considered less than minor.
“The proposal is in line with the St Lukes Concept Plan, which was developed following extensive public consultation.
“The proposal will have a height and separation distance to neighbouring properties that will avoid dominance, amenity or shadowing effects for neighbours.
“It also considers all traffic aspects and does not anticipate additional parking demands on surrounding roads.”
Independent commissioners have been appointed to decide the outcome of the resource consent application.
The Decision from the Hearings Committee
Note that the report said the activity from St Lukes would be a Discretionary Activity under the Resource Management Act. Meaning the consent probably should have been fully notified (it wasn’t).