Frankton supermarket gets go ahead

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Plans for a Pak ‘n’ Save supermarket in Frankton have cleared another hurdle.

Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden has confirmed Queenstown Lakes District Council will not appeal the Environment Court decision to issue consent for the budget store.

It will be built on ‘rural’ zoned land at Frankton Flats and Van Uden says both the council and community must now assess the implications of the decision.

The consent was granted by Judge Jon Jackson after Foodstuffs appealed an earlier QLDC Commissioner decision to decline the original resource consent application.

Van Uden says: “Council has spent the last decade investing considerable resources into the strategy and planning for the Frankton Flat Areas.

“In this case the Commissioners made the right decision with regard to the fact that the selected site is zoned rural general but the Environment Court was able to take more of an overview.

“This council respects the court’s decision.”

The decision could have implications for other Frankton Flats planning matters and infrastructure, in particular Plan Change 19, which remains before the Environment Court.

“Out of this decision we will be wanting to establish planning certainty around future use of the area.

“In particular we will need to look at whether we have adequate provision for industrial-zoned land,” she said.

Council discussed the matter at an extraordinary (additional to schedule) meeting at Queenstown this afternoon.

The appeal period remains open for one more week and other parties could yet bring appeals to the High Court.