ViaStrada recently obtained non-notified land use consent approval for its client AMP Capital Palms Pty Ltd for an expansion to The Palms Shopping Centre in north-east Christchurch. The Palms is located 4 km from the city's CBD and currently consists of approximately 110 retail tenancies, including the first Reading Cinemas multiplex in Christchurch.
The resource consent proposal sought to build on the successful expansion of the mall in 2003 with a further 32% increase proposed for the shopping centre. The redevelopment will provide for additional retail floor space, enhanced pedestrian connections and mall thoroughfares, and additional on-site car parking. The existing entry plaza of the mall (which was subject to an NZILA Silver award for landscape design in 2004) will be redeveloped to provide opportunities for an enhanced entertainment precinct and gateway to the centre.