Independent advice backs notification
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.