Development will be ‘special’
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.’’
The heritage precinct provides retail space for visitors, with other retail activity spread across town.