Emo­tional feed­back on vil­lage

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Res­i­dents are still butting heads with a re­tire­ment vil­lage gi­ant against its de­vel­op­ment plans for Green­lane.

A hear­ing into Ryman Health­care’s re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for 187 Camp­bell Rd was held from Novem­ber 26 to De­cem­ber 1.

Eigh­teen sub­mit­ters pre­sented dur­ing the hear­ing and a decision is ex­pected in Jan­uary.

The for­mer Kings­gate Ho­tel was bought in July to de­velop into a re­tire­ment vil­lage at a cost of more than $100 mil­lion.

The re­source ap­pli­ca­tion was pub­licly no­ti­fied on Au­gust 13.

But res­i­dents have grave con­cerns about the plans.

They have banded to­gether to op­pose the size of the de­vel­op­ment, the re­moval of more than half the trees from the site and pro­posed vol­canic rock­blast­ing ( East & Bays Courier, Septem­ber 5).

Res­i­dent Maria de Jong says pre­sent­ing at the hear­ing was quite an ar­du­ous process.

Most of the nearby res­i­dents are ‘‘lay peo­ple’’ and bat­tled their way through a more than 400-page doc­u­ment of evi-

for the hear­ing, she dence says.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the the Corn­wall Park Trust Board, the Vol­canic Cone So­ci­ety and the Tree Coun­cil also spoke up in op­po­si­tion of the plans, she says.

The coun­cil’s ur­ban de­sign team had a change of heart dur­ing the hear­ing and de­cided to support re­tain­ing the trees fronting Camp­bell Rd, de­spite ini­tially sup­port­ing their re­moval.

‘‘I think that’s quite big for coun­cil of­fi­cers to change their mind like that,’’ de Jong says.

‘‘As a res­i­dent you can feel like it’s hope­less at times. It’s quite en­cour­ag­ing when you get a re­sponse like that.’’

Neigh­bour Ta­nia Mor­gan says res­i­dents are en­cour­ag­ing com­mis­sion­ers to head out to the site and see the im­pact first-hand.

They are hope­ful a com­mu­nity li­ai­son group will be formed as a re­sult of the hear­ing.

‘‘A lot of the peo­ple that sub­mit­ted were very emo­tional about it, some of them were quite stressed, but they did very well.

‘‘It was a good process to go through, def­i­nitely.’’

Mul­ti­ple at­tempts to con­tact Ryman Health­care went unan­swered.

Flash­back: The Cen­tral Leader front page from Septem­ber 5.

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