Residents pull up the welcome mat
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.