Tourism ven­tures seek land use con­sent

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - PAM JONES [email protected]

TWO restau­rants, a win­ery and trav­ellers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion are pro­posed in ap­pli­ca­tions set to come be­fore the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil (CODC) hear­ings panel.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to be dis­cussed by the panel on Tues­day in­clude one for land use con­sent to es­tab­lish a restau­rant/ cafe at the Free­way Or­chard site, near Cromwell, and an­other for land use con­sent to op­er­ate a restau­rant and bar in Naseby.

The restau­rant at Free­way Or­chard would be known as The Stoaker Room. The ap­pli­cant, Quintin Brady Quider, is the oper­a­tor of the Wild Earth restau­rant and cel­lar door op­er­a­tion at the Gold­fields Min­ing Cen­tre, in the Kawa­rau Gorge, but the lease ex­pired in Septem­ber and new premises were re­quired, the re­port from CODC plan­ning con­sul­tant Kirstyn Lindsay said.

The pro­posed restau­rant would seat up to 125 pa­trons be­tween a tast­ing room, un­cov­ered court­yard and out­side mar­quee.

The Naseby ap­pli­ca­tion is from Off Road Ex­pe­di­tions Queen­stown Ltd and would en­able the Naseby Lodge to open its restau­rant and func­tion fa­cil­i­ties to the pub­lic.

It is for land use con­sent to op­er­ate a restau­rant and bar at 28 Der­went St in con­junc­tion with an ex­ist­ing trav­ellers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion and func­tion venue.

The ap­pli­cant was not seek­ing to in­crease the num­ber of guests hosted (65), but wanted to in­crease the na­ture and fre­quency of the ac­tiv­ity, a re­port from Ms Lindsay said.

The restau­rant would use an ex­ist­ing out­door seat­ing and fire­place area and no am­pli­fied mu­sic was pro­posed, she said.

The new con­sent, if granted, would au­tho­rise all cur­rent and pro­posed ac­tiv­i­ties on the site and the ex­ist­ing con­sent would be sur­ren­dered.

The panel will also con­sider an ap­pli­ca­tion from P. A. and M. E. Bramwell and D. Schu­mack for land use con­sent to al­low trav­ellers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion and the sale of food and bev­er­ages to guests at the for­mer Ben Ne­vis Sta­tion, in the Ne­vis Val­ley.

The ap­pli­cant pro­poses to host up to 14 guests in two ex­ist­ing build­ings.

An ap­pli­ca­tion from Mt Dif­fi­culty Wines for land use con­sent to build a win­ery, func­tion cen­tre and for as­so­ci­ated earth­works at Ban­nock­burn will also come be­fore the panel.

The mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar ex­pan­sion was an­nounced in Septem­ber this year.

Mt Dif­fi­culty gen­eral man­ager and wine­maker Matt Dicey said at the time the de­vel­op­ment would see a new 80­seater restau­rant built un­derneath the ex­ist­ing tast­ing fa­cil­ity, which would be ex­panded. A new car park will also be built.

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