BUPA makes plans for Napier
BUPA has filed an application to build a large retirement village and care home complex on the rural outskirts of Napier.
The company, which filed a resource consent application with Napier City Council late last month, aims to build the development on a five hectare site at Ulyatt Road on the southwest fringe of the city.
The land is currently used for commercial turf production.
The application said the proposal was ‘‘a proven model’’ used by the company elsewhere, with 99 villas, 19 apartments and 49 care home rooms. It would also include a cafe, dining room and other amenities.
It would include two main buildings; a three-storey apartment building and a two-storey care home.
The site was chosen for its proximity to existing residential areas and local shops.
The project’s architectural firm, Jerram Tocker and Barron, said it would fit appropriately on the outskirts of the city’s urban area and the additional height of the buildings in the centre of the site would have minimal effect outside the site boundaries.
‘‘The overall impact of the proposed work will be to provide a much needed amenity in an empathetic and appropriate man- ner,’’ the architectural firm in the application.
The site is located within the Main Rural zone. Retirement complexes are identified as being a discretionary activity in the Main Rural zone under the Napier District Plan, while any subdivision that does not comply said with a 4ha minimum lot size provision requires Resource Consent as a non-complying activity.
In its application BUPA said its proposal ‘‘represents a sustainable and efficient use of the land reserve’’.
‘‘The proposed complex needs to be of sufficiently large scale to be economically viable to deliver quality aged care and accommodation and supporting infrastructure.
The area of the site must therefore be proportionate to the scale of the complex and comparably significantly larger than available residential site areas,’’ the appli- cation stated.
The application mentioned a recent report that noted that the number of people in the NapierHastings area aged over 65 was expected to increase by 81 per cent by 2045.
‘‘Providing for the care and accommodation of the elderly is fundamental and, in this regard, there is a responsibility for a community to make such a provision,’’ the application said.
The application has been formally received by the council and was being assessed in terms of adequacy of information and whether it would be non-notified, or notified.
BUPA has been contacted for comment.