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This week’s lead story touches on an is­sue fac­ing many ru­ral Waikato towns, as peo­ple seek to move out of the big cities and into the re­gions. A de­vel­oper, Free­dom Vil­lages, has pro­posed a re­tire­ment vil­lage in Mata­mata. There’s been an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to the plans from some res­i­dents, fol­low­ing meet­ings/ cor­re­spon­dence be­tween the de­vel­oper and those liv­ing around the pro­posed site on Bur­wood Rd. One ar­gu­ment is that the style of hous­ing pro­posed will lower the value of sur­round­ing prop­er­ties, a point which is open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion and de­bate. Peo­ple are also wor­ried the de­vel­op­ment would come at the loss of the Long­lands Farms prop­erty, a well­known and cher­ished venue, which was highly re­garded in the com­mu­nity. Another side to the story is that the de­vel­op­ment would pro­vide much-needed ac­com­mo­da­tion for peo­ple seek­ing to re­tire in Mata­mata. It’s a story that’s likely to gen­er­ate much de­bate and we look for­ward to your feed­back.

Lawrence Gullery

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