Devel­op­ment re­tail queried

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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.’’

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