Retail development proposal

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Demolition work under way at Kermode Street, the site of future retail development plans.

Sporting goods giant Rebel Sport may be set to join the Ashburton retail market.

It is one of the anchor tenant’s identified by landowner Canterbury Property Investments Twelve Limited in an Ashburton District Council-approved site plan for 22 Kermode Street.

The landowners application for stormwater discharge consent is now sitting with Environment Canterbury (ECan).

ECan consents planning manager Aurora Grant said the application is currently in process and being audited by a consultant planner.

“No further information has been requested yet and no determination on notification has been made,” she said.

The land is close to other retail giants such as Mitre 10 Mega, The Warehouse and Noel Leeming.

The development proposal relates to the discharge of construction and operational phase stormwater into land associated with the construction and operation of a commercial development.

“The operational discharge will be from hard surfacing (parking) and building roof areas,” it states.

Ashburton District Council granted resource consent on October 19, 2018 to establish two commercial buildings on the application site. There were 20 conditions relating to earthworks, landscaping, carparking, and building treatment along Dobson Street West.

A variation to some of those conditions were given consent on August 16 , 2021 as changes to the approved buildings and layouts were sought.

The application states “the proposed discharge of construction and operational phase stormwater to ground is required to facilitate the construction and ongoing operational success of the approved commercial development.”

Canterbury Property Investments and Rebel Sport NZ have been contacted for comment.

The irregular-shaped land which runs between Kermode and Dobson Street West – and will include access between both streets – covers a total area of 7562m2.

It sits among mostly commercial and industrial activities and is close to other retail giants such as The Warehouse, Mitre 10 Mega and Noel Leeming. It sits within the Business D Zone.

Among the plans is also the inclusion of a food and beverage area and carparks.

The demolition of the vacant building was carried out last week by Greg Donaldson Contracting.

The development, in its infancy stage, saw the demolition last week of the vacant office building on site, last branded for Ashburton Trading Society (ATS).

It was demolished by crews from Greg Donaldson Contracting Limited. ATS, now known as Ruralco and relocated to Burnett Street, was at the site from late-2012 until October 2017. It was then used for a time by Irrigo Centre and RDR Management Ltd.