A $120 million retirement village in Petone has been given the nod of approval by council but some residents are still concerned the five-storey, multi-building complex is too big for the area.
Ryman Healthcare was granted resource consent to build a three- to five-storey, 400-resident retirement complex on the derelict site of an old school at the end of Graham and North streets, which has been the target of vandalism and arson attacks since it closed in 1998.
Following a suspicious fire in the old Petone College buildings on January 21, Ryman began demolishing the damaged structures and removing asbestos while it waited for a decision - released on Friday - from a Hutt City Council hearing committee on its plans.
Ryman Healthcare spokesman David King said the company would begin construction as soon as possible after it had confirmation the decision would not be appealed in the Environment Court. "We'll wait and see. We'll be ready to go as soon as we know, once the appeal period is over. If there's an appeal, there's an appeal."
Mr King said the company was happy with the conditions under which the consent was granted, such as limiting Saturday work to between 7am and 1pm and paying for any damage to houses caused by vibration or land instability during construction.
Resident Andrea Bolton, who has lived in Graham St for 21 years, said while none of the submitters objected to a retirement village the proposed development would change the look and feel of Petone.
"The overall size and density of the proposal has not changed and I think you could say we're quite disappointed that the hearing didn't really take any of the submitters' arguments into consideration."
Submitters now have 15 working days to lodge an appeal of the decision with the Environment Court.
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