Westfield - St Luke's Mall expansion in Auckland

Westfield - St Luke's Mall expansion

Planned | Retail | Auckland |  Views 1441 | Added by EYEONAUCKLAND, 18 Aug 2010

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Special meeting for St Lukes decision canned

18 October 2010 .... Auckland City Council’s mayor, deputy mayor & chief executive have agreed among themselves that there should not be a full council meeting after all to reconsider Westfield (NZ) Ltd’s private plan change to double the size of the St Lukes shopping centre. Instead, it’s ...
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Mall to become NZ's biggest despite protests

Wednesday Sep 22, 2010 .... Westfield has been given permission to double the size of its St Lukes shopping centre, making it the country's biggest, despite protests by local residents. Independent planning commissioners have recommended Auckland City Council approve the shopping centre owner's s...
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Westfield - St Luke's Mall expansion in Auckland

St Lukes would become New Zealand's largest mall if Westfield NZ develops its site to the maximum. It's indoor floor space could legally be expanded to 9.2ha, eclipsing the 7ha Sylvia Park complex in Mt Wellington. Westfield owns much of the housing around the mall, and plans to expand to the north and east. Derek Nolan, Westfield's lawyer at Russell McVeagh, said the maximum allowable gross floor area for Westfield's St Lukes site was 92,500sq m or 9.2ha of buildings. Westfield could have 77,500sq m of shops, cafes and other eating places on the site as well as 15,000sq m of offices.

Mr Nolan applied to Auckland City Council for a district plan change allow the proposed expansion. On Sunday the expansion was notified and public submissions are due by May 29. Westfield's development manager, Clive McKenzie, said the expansion could be done in stages. The mall owner is allowed to put up buildings 20m, or about six storeys, tall. Most of the site now is low-rise. Peter Nightingale, who lives near the mall, says the expansion would have a destructive effect on his street and bring more traffic, noise and litter. Trees would be removed and children would be unable to play in the street, he said.

Westfield proposes to solve any traffic issues at an expanded St Lukes by building more than 1000 new carparks and emphasising public transport options including buses outside the centre and the Morningside Railway Station just 800m away. Westfield's social effects assessment - a mandatory report by Taylor Baines & Associates - cited: Traffic volumes on the surrounding streets leading to congestion, noise and pollution. Poor use of the carparking areas. Staff from the mall parking on the surrounding streets and shoppers parking on streets at peak times. Difficulties with pedestrian access and safety via the footpaths and road crossings surrounding the mall. Visual effects of a large and somewhat unwelcoming building in the shape of the current mall. Expanding the mall would allow Westfield to address some of these issues, the report said.

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