Ry­man con­struc­tion wor­ries res­i­dents


Res­i­dents liv­ing near the Ry­man Health­care re­tire­ment vil­lage in Devon­port are con­cerned about the de­vel­op­ment’s con­struc­tion, a sur­vey has found.

The Devon­port Penin­sula Precincts So­ci­ety car­ried out a sur­vey of nearby res­i­dents’ knowl­edge and con­cerns around the con­struc­tion.

Janet Digby, a mar­ket re­searcher who worked on the sur­vey, was part of the so­ci­ety group that pre­sented its find­ings to the Devon­port-Taka­puna Lo­cal Board on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7.

‘‘We think there is broad com­mu­nity con­cern,’’ Digby said.

The sur­vey, which was con­ducted from Septem­ber 1 to Oc­to­ber 1, both on­line and via door-to-door in­ter­ac­tions, had 392 re­spon­dents.

Of those, 74 per cent said they didn’t have enough in­for­ma­tion about the con­struc­tion and 71 per cent were con­cerned about the works.

The sur­vey was con­ducted be­fore con­struc­tion be­gan on the vil­lage on Oc­to­ber 2, but 47 per cent of re­spon­dents said the build was al­ready hav­ing neg­a­tive im­pacts on them and their fam­i­lies be­fore con­struc­tion be­gan.

‘‘There was con­sid­er­able ten­sion, with neigh­bours against neigh­bours, and peo­ple who have bought into the de­vel­op­ment feel­ing de­fen­sive and anx­ious and dis­com­fort,’’ Digby said.

The 600 bed and 300 car park de­vel­op­ment is the largest on the penin­sula and is ex­pected to take three years or more.

Stip­u­la­tions in Ry­man’s re­source con­sent meant the com­pany was re­quired to pro­duce a news­let­ter ev­ery three months to house­holds within a 1 kilo­me­tre ra­dius of the site

Devon­port Penin­sula Precincts So­ci­ety chair Iain Rea said that was ‘‘in­ad­e­quate’’.

‘‘Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion isn’t a ‘nice to have’ with large pri­vate de­vel­op­ment; it’s es­sen­tial, and we’re look­ing for coun­cil to meet this need,’’ Rea said.

The so­ci­ety has pre­sented the find­ings to Ry­man’s senior man­age­ment team. Rea said he was en­cour­aged by the re­sponse.

‘‘Ry­man is not just a de­vel­oper, they in­tend to be in the com­mu­nity for a long time.

‘‘So, it’s in their in­ter­est to be in­form­ing peo­ple about what’s go­ing on, and hear their con­cerns.’’

A meet­ing be­tween the Devon­port-Taka­puna Lo­cal Board and Ry­man Health­care is to be ar­ranged to de­velop a re­la­tion­ship and en­sure the com­mu­nity’s views are be­ing con­sid­ered.


An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Ry­man Health­care vil­lage on the cor­ner of Lake and Ngataringa Roads.

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