Neighbourhood centres are intended to be clusters of land uses that seek to support the needs of the surrounding community. Currently, City Plan identifies that the establishment of new neighbourhood centres in a suburban neighbourhood (typically found in the low density residential zone) are determined by the needs of their immediate neighbourhood catchment, calculated as the planned population and/or jobs within a 1000-metre walk from the proposed centre. However, this planning principle was considered to make new neighbourhood centre difficult to achieve due to their low density environment. Therefore, an alternate measure has been proposed.
The City also undertook a review of the types of activities and trading hours occurring in our existing neighbourhood centres. To support the ongoing vitality of our neighbourhood centres located in the "coastal tourism or urban strip" identified on Strategic framework map 5 and at Paradise Point, we are proposing to extend trading hours from 10pm to midnight, where centres are located on busy roads and noise management treatments can be put in place to mitigate any potential impacts on residential amenity.