Foodstuffs could buy than 600sqm of greenway to expand Cromwell New World after the Central Otago District Council agreed to work towards revoking its reserve status.

Councillors at a full meeting of the CODC last week agreed to the move to revoke the local purpose (amenity) reserve classification from 619sqm of the Waenga Dr Greenway Reserve, subject to conditions.

The request from Foodstuffs was first considered by the Cromwell Community Board at meetings in February and June last year.

At its meeting on June 15, the board recommended the CODC agree to sell the specified part of the reserve on terms and conditions which included the requirement for public notification of the revocation of the reserve status and the Minister of Conservation consenting to the revocation of that status. Foodstuffs would meet the costs of this process.

The part of the reserve sought to be revoked is about 619sqm, which was vested in the CODC in 2006 and forms part of the Waenga Dr Greenway Reserve pathways linking residences and the town centre.

It provides a safe route for members of the community for running, walking and cycling while staying off the roads.

A conditional agreement for sale and purchase had been entered into with Foodstuffs.

Alternative expanded store layouts/designs and feasible relocation options within the town centre had been investigated by Foodstuffs and were found to be unviable.

Foodstuffs’ proposal would result in the remaining part of the greenway being redeveloped at no cost to the CODC and proceeds from the sale used for the future development and enhancement of other reserve areas within the Cromwell Ward.