‘Vine­yard vil­lage’ pro­posed

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‘‘This project of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for bou­tique vis­i­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

Cen­tral Otago win­ery Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard plans to de­velop a bou­tique res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial space de­signed to com­ple­ment its wine busi­ness in Cromwell.

A zone change will need to be granted by the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of the pro­posed Woo­ing Tree Es­tate, which is pegged for the vine­yard’s 26-hectare site be­tween SH6, SH8B and Short­cut Road. While Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard will re­main at the site, the new de­vel­op­ment could in­clude var­i­ous com­mu­nity ameni­ties, tourist at­trac­tions, re­tail, ac­com­mo­da­tion and prime hous­ing lots.

Woo­ing Tree part­ners, Ge­off and Jane Bews and Steve and Thea Far­quhar­son, be­lieve the change would al­low a more fit­ting de­vel­op­ment for the grow­ing town than is cur­rently pro­vided for un­der the ex­ist­ing zon­ing.

Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard coowner Ge­off Bews said the plan, de­signed to ac­com­mo­date the re­gional pop­u­la­tion growth and fur­ther en­hance Cromwell’s ap­peal as a pre­mium wine and tourism des­ti­na­tion, was ‘‘a step to­wards grow­ing Cromwell in a way that will sup­port its tourism, wine and res­i­den­tial in­ter­ests’’.

‘‘Tourism de­vel­op­ment is key for Cromwell and this project of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for bou­tique vis­i­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as com­mu­nity ameni­ties for lo­cals. We want to sup­port the growth of Cromwell by cre­at­ing a de­sir­able liv­ing and lifestyle space, fea­tur­ing sec­tions of var­i­ous sizes and an ex­clu­sive busi­ness area, all the while re­tain­ing the feel­ing of a vine­yard vil­lage. Our plans pro­vide for far more at­trac­tive and suit­able growth than the large lot ru­ral res­i­den­tial sec­tions cur­rently al­lowed.’’

Ten per cent of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment was al­lo­cated to com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity, while the re­main­ing 90 per cent was re­served for grape vines, res­i­den­tial lots and open spa­ces. The Woo­ing Tree, which the vine­yard was named af­ter, would take pride of place in a pub­lic green area. The de­vel­op­ment would also pro­vide ac­cess to Cromwell’s town cen­tre and com­ple­ment the new cy­cle trail which was pro­posed to link Cromwell to Clyde, Wanaka and Queen­stown. Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard wanted to change the zon­ing to a mix of lowto high-den­sity res­i­den­tial and light com­mer­cial. The part­ners in­vite in­for­mal pub­lic feed­back on the pro­posal.

Woo­ing Tree di­rec­tors Thea and Steve Far­quhar­son and Jane and Ge­off Bews. Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard co-owner Ge­off Bews

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