Neigh­bours lose fight

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

PLANS for a $100 mil­lion Green­lane re­tire­ment vil­lage have been given the green light de­spite a wave of op­po­si­tion from neigh­bours.

Ry­man Health­care’s ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop the for­mer Kings­gate Ho­tel site at 187 Camp­bell Rd was granted on Fe­bru­ary 5.

More than 500 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived dur­ing public no­ti­fi­ca­tion, with 164 op­pos­ing the devel­op­ment and 266 in sup­port.

A hear­ing was held from Novem­ber 26 to 28.

Green­lane res­i­dent Maria de Jong of the Lo­gan Park Com­mu­nity Group says it is a dis­ap­point­ing out­come.

Res­i­dents have been ral­ly­ing against the devel­op­ment since Ry­man Health­care bought the site in July ( Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 13).

Con­cerns in­clude the pro­posed rock-blast­ing, treefelling, four years of con­struc­tion and over­whelm­ing scale and den­sity of the planned build­ings.

A large num­ber of trees on the site, in­clud­ing 34 that are pro­tected, will be cut down to make way for car parks, de Jong says.

‘‘It looks like it’s go­ing to be a very noisy year for lo­cals with the rock blast­ing.

‘‘We’re all feel­ing very dis­ap­pointed that we have gone through a demo­cratic process but re­ally haven’t got much out of it.’’

One of the con­di­tions of the ap­proval is that Ry­man Health­care must con­vene a com­mu­nity li­ai­son group with sur­round­ing res­i­dents and the Corn­wall Park Trust Board.

Trust board direc­tor Michael Ayr­ton says the board would like to be part of on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with Ry­man re­gard­ing the site.

Ayr­ton says the board has not yet made a de­ci­sion about tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion.

Cre­at­ing the group is one pos­i­tive step, res­i­dent Ta­nia Mor­gan says.

‘‘We sort of ex­pected that it was go­ing to be ap­proved in some for­mat, but we thought there would be some more con­ces­sions.

‘‘The com­mu­nity li­ai­son group is just one,’’ Mor­gan says.

Ry­man Health­care man­ag­ing direc­tor Simon Chal­lies says the com­pany is ‘‘de­lighted’’ with the de­ci­sion.

Con­struc­tion will begin as soon as pos­si­ble and the first stages of the vil­lage should be open in early 2016, Chal­lies says.

‘‘We be­lieve there is a press­ing need for an amenity like this in the area and our team has worked re­ally hard to come up with a de­sign that makes the most of the site.’’

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