Res­i­dents pull up the wel­come mat

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

West Mel­ton res­i­dents are op­pos­ing a re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for a farm­stay, lodg­ing 19 sub­mis­sions against it to the Selwyn Dis­trict Coun­cil (SDC).

Un­der the ap­pli­ca­tion the Adams Rd prop­erty would be con­verted into a farm­stay with 10 cot­tages and four bed­rooms in the ex­ist­ing house to al­low for the ac­com­mo­da­tion of up to 41 guests. A man­ager would re­side on-site with part time staff such as chef and a cleaner to be em­ployed.

The pro­posed farm­stay would also house do­mes­tic farm an­i­mals for view­ing and pet­ting, pro­vid­ing tourists a chance to ‘‘ex­pe­ri­ence the amenity of ru­ral New Zealand’’, 365 days a year.

Res­i­dents op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion on grounds in­clud­ing its po­ten­tial im­pact on the area’s ru­ral char­ac­ter, ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of the op­er­a­tion in that area, in­creased traf­fic, road safety, ef­flu­ent dis­charge and pres­sure on al­ready de­pleted ground­wa­ter lev­els. There was also con­cern the ap­pli­ca­tion did not meet the re­quire­ments of the dis­trict plan, would im­pact light­ing lev­els in the West Mel­ton Ob­ser­va­tory zone and would set prece­dent on the sort of de­vel­op­ments al­lowed in fu­ture. Sub­mis­sions closed on July 4. The SDC re­ceived a to­tal of 20 sub­mis­sions, 19 op­posed and one neu­tral. No date had yet been set for a hear­ing.

A sign op­po­site the Adams Rd site.

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