Devel­op­ment will be ‘spe­cial’

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The own­ers of the Cromwell Top 10 Hol­i­day Park want to cre­ate some­thing ‘‘a bit dif­fer­ent and some­thing spe­cial’’ by de­vel­op­ing it into a large-scale, high-den­sity res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion.

The hol­i­day park has been op­er­at­ing for about 50 years and its own­ers, John and Kay Searle, Richard Wal­lis and Cather­ine Woods, have been op­er­at­ing the park since 1992.

John Searle gave ev­i­dence at a com­mis­sion­ers’ hear­ing in Cromwell last week. Com­mis­sion­ers An­drew Hen­der­son and John Lane con­sid­ered the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion which in­volves de­vel­op­ing the 13-hectare site into 173 res­i­den­tial al­lot­ments. The sec­tions range from 250sqm to 2057sqm.

‘‘We want to cre­ate some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent and some­thing a bit spe­cial for Cromwell,’’ Searle told the com­mis­sion­ers.

In 2016, the part­ners put the park on the mar­ket and re­ceived seven ten­ders. How­ever, they de­cided to em­bark on the devel­op­ment them­selves.

‘‘Cur­rently, Cromwell is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing rapid growth with there be­ing real job op­por­tu­ni­ties within the district and neigh­bour- ing QLDC. There is a lack of sec­tions com­ing to the mar­ket to sup­port this . . . We think we have de­vel­oped a sub­di­vi­sion de­sign that is su­pe­rior to that which is likely to be de­vel­oped if the land was sim­ply re­zoned res­i­den­tial.’’

The Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil re­ceived 22 sub­mis­sions in re­sponse to the plan.

Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil’s plan­ning con­sul­tant David Whit­ney has rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion be de­clined be­cause the ad­verse ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment will be ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant’’ and grant­ing con­sent would be con­trary to the ob­jec­tives and poli­cies of the Op­er­a­tive District Plan.

Sub­mit­ters sup­port­ive of the plan in­cluded Jonathan Young who said the devel­op­ment should go ahead be­cause of the lack of af­ford­able hous­ing, and rentals were get­ting too ex­pen­sive.

Sub­mit­ters Jo Hamil­ton and Adam Kimp­ton said in their sub­mis­sion they op­posed the sub­di­vi­sion as it would be a great loss to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We are con­cerned with the vol­ume of high den­sity hous­ing that will re­place it. Our cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing schools, are not cop­ing with the rapid growth in pop­u­la­tion and this will only add to the prob­lem.’’

IAIN MCGREGOR

The her­itage precinct pro­vides re­tail space for vis­i­tors, with other re­tail ac­tiv­ity spread across town.

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