Ran­furly House re­vamp gets ap­proval

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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