Cathedral still fighting
Concerns about a proposed apartment block’s effect on St Patrick’s Cathedral will be discussed as the resource consent hearing resumes this week.
The planned Saffron Apartment block on Albert St would tower over the cathedral and St Patrick’s Square behind it on Wyndham St.
A consent hearing in April was adjourned so developer Sanctuary Group could make amendments in response to concerns about the effect of vehicle traffic on St Patrick’s Square. Sanctuary’s modified proposal has scrapped the parking entrance on St Patrick’s Square, moving it to Albert St.
But the cathedral is still concerned the construction of an underground carpark poses a threat to the cathedral, a category one heritage building.
A geotechnical engineer working on behalf of the cathedral says the risk to the building’s foundations is significant.
Cathedral staff are also concerned about the effects an apartment block would have on the quiet “oasis of peace” in St Patrick’s Square.
Cathedral business manager Kevin Sherlock said last month they would continue to fight the proposal.
There are eight submissions to the modified proposal, six opposing, one neutral and one in support of the development.
Other issues raised in submissions included the potential damage to Albert St apartments, the impact on the nature of St Patrick’s Square and the adverse effects on the adjacent heritage buildings.