In­de­pen­dent ad­vice backs no­ti­fi­ca­tion

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JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A group of Cromwell res­i­dents con­cerned at a ‘‘work­ers’ mo­tel’’ have sought in­de­pen­dent ad­vice back­ing up their ar­gu­ment the pro­posal should have been no­ti­fied.

Group spokesman Andy Wilkin­son said some of the group had met with coun­cil to raise their con­cerns for the large-scale ac­com­mo­da­tion de­vel­op­ment on Short­cut Road. More than 26 house­holds had ex­pressed out­rage at the coun­cil ap­prov­ing the re­source con­sent with­out no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘There are still no an­swers to the ques­tions on how this de­vel­op­ment in a quiet res­i­den­tial area could have been passed through the plan­ning sys­tem with­out the op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to have their voices heard. The premise that the Re­source Man­age­ment Act pre­cludes no­ti­fi­ca­tion on such a de­vel­op­ment is strongly re­futed. Ad­vice from in­de­pen­dent town plan­ning ad­vi­sors does not sup­port this ar­gu­ment from district pan­ning. The def­i­ni­tion of this be­ing a res­i­den­tial build­ing when the units are smaller than the av­er­age New Zealand mo­tel room clearly shows this is not a nor­mal res­i­dence and as such it should have been no­ti­fied.’’

The pro­posed multi-unit de­vel­op­ment on a sin­gle res­i­den­tial site was de­signed to house itin­er­ant work­ers and would ac­com­mo­date up to 70 peo­ple in a dou­ble room fit-out.

Coun­cil had com­mit­ted to have an ex­ter­nal re­source con­sent lawyer re­view the word­ing and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the RMA.

‘‘While the re­vi­sions to the District Plan are out for re­view, and the over­all Cromwell Plan is un­der­go­ing res­i­dent re­view work­shops, there are high den­sity de­vel­op­ments be­ing pushed into Cromwell at an alarm­ing rate with­out due con­sid­er­a­tion for the over­all im­pact to the town.’’

The coun­cil was ap­proached for com­ment, but had not re­sponded by dead­line.

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