Ranfurly House revamp gets approval
The redevelopment of Ranfurly Veterans House has been given the go-ahead.
A resource consent hearing was held in June and commissioners granted consent for the plans with a number of conditions.
The decision was released last Friday and the developers are pleased with the outcome.
“We’re pretty happy. We’ll have to work through the conditions in some detail and make sure there’s nothing in there that is onerous,” says Retirement Assets chief executive Peter Cross.
The Christchurch-based company is working in partnership with the Ranfurly Trust to build a new aged-care hospital and make alterations to the existing Veterans House in Three Kings.
The development also includes a retirement village with 177 units and removing 53 generally protected or scheduled trees.
St Andrews Rd resident Noel Jackson says he and others opposing the development are unhappy with the decision and will look at appealing it in the Environment Court.
He says the site may have soil contamination and asbes- tos could be in some of the old buildings.
“What worries me about contamination is if it gets airborne, it will affect all the neighbours.”
The developers lowered building heights after consulting residents but even with a four storey maximum, Mr Jackson says it is a concern for those living nearby whose properties will be in shade.