Residents take village fight to court

TESSA JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 06/03/2014
Ryman Healthcare
RYMAN HEALTHCARE

TOO BIG?: Ryman Healthcare’s proposed retirement village as seen from North St in Petone. Some neighbours say it will have an overbearing effect on the area, and they have appealed to the Environment Court against the granting of resource consent. 

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Residents are continuing to fight plans for a $120 million retirement village in Petone after Hutt City Council granted resource consent.

The three to five-storey, multi-building village would be built on the derelict site of an old school at the end of North and Graham streets.

A group of 17 residents from nearby streets have lodged an appeal with the Environment Court to have resource consent for the project overturned on the grounds that it would negatively affect the character of the area.

Their appeal highlights several concerns, including fears that the height and design of the buildings would have an "overbearing, dominant and imposing effect on the area".

Ryman Healthcare has also lodged appeals against the conditions of the consent, which include restricting construction work on Saturdays and the times at which trucks can make deliveries.

Managing director Simon Challies said the project would boost the local economy and meet an urgent need for retirement accommodation.

"We are disappointed there's been an appeal because we went to great lengths to consult with neighbours and we had made substantial changes to the design, which we understood had met their concerns."

The company was happy to talk further to residents about their concerns, and had already approached the group of 17 appellants.

Others who made submissions on the resource consent have until March 21 to join their names to the appeals, before appellants and Hutt City Council decide whether the matters can be resolved through mediation or need to go to the Environment Court.

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