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Concerns about the effects of hospital construction on the supermarket


Supermarket giant Foodstuffs fears the construction of Dunedin’s new hospital could cause serious headaches at its supermarket across the road.

The company, which owns New World Center City as well as the Center City Mall and Henry’s liquor store, said that while supporting the $ 1.47 billion hospital construction project, it could disrupt considerably the activities of its properties.

In comments to the independent consent panel reviewing the Department of Health’s request for expedited consent, filed with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), the company asked for assurance that it would be consulted in as long as part affected.

He also wanted to impose conditions that mitigated some of the impact the first 18 months of construction would have on his business.

Noise and vibration during the first 10-week period – the removal of the concrete slabs with a breaker and subsequent stacking at the site – would affect its operations, the company said.

She disputed the assertion that the properties of the foodstuffs were not “sensitive to noise”.

Among its concerns about road access, the company said vehicle access to its properties, including from the one-way Cumberland Street, must be maintained at all times.

He said safe pedestrian access was essential.

And he asked for assurances that St Andrew St between Cumberland St and Great King St would not be closed.

Access was required for the approximately 50 daily deliveries to the shopping complex.

The company expressed concern that if on-street parking was removed during placement work, it would put pressure on Foodstuffs on-site parking.

” The effects of transport are assessed appropriately on the basis of the effects are temporary and construction-related effects.


Additionally, with work set to begin in February, there should be proposed management plans he could comment on now, the company said.

“Due to the extended period of enabling works, it is inappropriate to rely on management plans where details of activities must be approved by Dunedin City Council without any consultation with affected parties such as Foodstuffs” , did he declare.

The Foodstuffs comments were one of seven comments from organizations received and posted on the EPA’s website.

All seven expressed their support for the new Dunedin hospital.

Among them, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Infrastructure Grant Robertson approved the project.

Aukaha, on behalf of Otakou Runanga and Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki Runanga, provided qualified support, as did Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.

Generation Zero supported the project but called for priority to be given to pedestrians and cyclists over cars in traffic management plans, and said the plans should include provisions for workers to be housed where the walking, cycling and public transport were a good option.

City Council provided detailed comments on the proposal.

Among the modifications to the conditions recommended on the works, she called for an assessment by traffic modeling of the impacts of reductions or closures of lanes.

He requested maps showing the location and proposed traffic management measures for the clearance works.

The council also called for consultation with the Otago Regional Council in case bus stops are affected.

The application evaluation committee will then ask for comments on any draft conditions, before making its decision.

The government has introduced a fast-track agreement for projects that can promote employment, while promoting sustainable management, to support recovery from the economic and social impacts of Covid-19.

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