Resthome gets the go-ahead

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

A resthome de­vel­op­ment in Three Kings has been given the green light af­ter op­po­nents dropped their case.

The Ran­furly Trust and Christchurch-based com­pany Re­tire­ment As­sets plan to re­de­velop the Ran­furly Vet­er­ans House.

Two ob­jec­tions to the plan were lodged with the En­vi­ron­ment Court, but one party with­drew its ap­peal be­fore the sched­uled me­di­a­tion and the other failed to turn up.

Re­tire­ment As­sets chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Cross says the Envi- ron­ment Court struck out the ap­peal and he re­ceived a let­ter from the court con­firm­ing its re­source con­sent last Thurs­day.

“We have re­source con­sent. We’re all clear now to start plan­ning for construction and go­ing into work­ing draw­ings. We didn’t want to do that un­til we got con­sent.”

The re­source con­sent has a num­ber of con­di­tions but Mr Cross says the de­vel­op­ing par­ties were happy with them and didn’t ap­peal any.

The de­vel­op­ment will in­clude a new aged care hospi­tal, al­ter­ations to the ex­ist­ing Vet­er­ans House and a 177-unit re­tire­ment vil­lage with carpark­ing.

The hospi­tal will be built first, so peo­ple can be moved into it while the rest of the site is cleared and the re­tire­ment vil­lage built.

Mr Cross says com­ing up with the hospi­tal’s fi­nal de­sign and work­ing draw­ings could take six months.

“We could be in a po­si­tion of go­ing to ten­der by Novem­ber.”

If it all goes as planned, construction could start early next year.

“It’s pretty ex­cit­ing re­ally, we think it’s a great project,” says Mr Cross.

Res­i­dents had pre­vi­ously ob­jected to the de­vel­op­ment’s height, the ex­tra traf­fic it would gen­er­ate, the re­moval of gen­er­ally pro­tected trees and its prox­im­ity to neigh­bour­ing apart­ments.

Ge­orge Wil­liams, who owns an apart­ment on Hills­bor­ough Rd, sub­mit­ted against the project last year.

He is re­signed to the de­vel­op­ment go­ing ahead and says he won’t try to sell the apart­ment.

“We’ve got ten­ants in at the mo­ment. Who knows, in the long run it might ac­tu­ally raise the value of the prop­er­ties.”

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