Development retail queried
Retail activity within a proposed high density residential development on a Central Otago vineyard could further fragment retail activity in Cromwell, a council planning consultant says.
Wooing Tree Holdings Limited will present evidence at a hearing in Cromwell next week to support a private plan change to rezone a 25 hectare site to a mix of zones that enable higher density residential development, with some supporting business and rural land on the periphery of the site.
‘‘The site is well located to contribute to the vibrancy of Cromwell,‘‘ the report prepared by landscape architects Vivian +Espie says.
Central Otago District Council planning consultant David Whitney says in a report submitters raised several concerns, including the high density housing, the sensitive nature of the land, potential closure to Shortcut Road, the need for an underpass and the business resource area.
Whitney says in the report current retail activity in Cromwell is ‘‘fragmented’’ with conventional retail activity in the mall, large scale retailing around Elspeth Street, visitor retail activity at the heritage precinct and other retail activity in the industrial area around McNulty Road.
‘‘We do not consider that further fragmentation of retail activity is in the best interests of the Cromwell community.’’