BUPA makes plans for Napier

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - MARTY SHARPE

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.

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