Neighbours lose fight
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.’’