Developer allays ale house concerns
The developers of the proposed Speight's Ale House in Springlands had allayed most of their opponents' concerns before the resource consent hearing yesterday.
Derry Properties' application to build a Speight's Ale House on Middle Renwick Rd was heard by commissioner Ron Crosby at the Marlborough District Council.
The proposed site is zoned as Neighbourhood Business Zone, which allows for commercial activities.
Of the 11 submissions on the application, five were opposed, but after negotiations with Derry Properties, two opponents withdrew their opposition.
The NZ Transport Agency was originally concerned traffic problems on the already busy state highway would be compounded.
The agency withdrew its submission after Derry Properties Ltd proposed to widen access to the site and designed a plan to alter the road layout to manage traffic flow more effectively at the developer's cost.
The residential property immediately adjacent to the proposed site on Middle Renwick Rd withdrew their opposition, when the developer proposed a two metre high acoustic fence to minimise disturbance from light and noise.
The only opponent to speak at the hearing was Lakings Rd resident Michael Salvador, via teleconference.
His main concerns were noise from increased traffic, and intoxicated people in the car park, and that extended hours of operation and bright lights would affect nearby residents seven days a week.
"We think the increased traffic flow and noise associated with the business will contribute a negative impact on neighbouring residents.
"Overall we simply want to ensure our privacy, welfare and value of our properties and ensure our quality of lifestyle is maintained."
Acoustic consultant Malcolm Hunt outlined several noise-management tactics to keep noise levels at the minimal acceptable level, including permanently setting speakers to comply with the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan noise rules and banning live music from playing outside.
"I note there is a buffer distance of 20 metres at least between the closest point of the car park and the boundary of [Mr Salvador's] site. The buffer distance themselves will be effective ... in addition to site fencing and the management methods I described."
Lion Breweries on-premise concept bar manager Mark Neal said many of the 16 Speight's Ale Houses throughout the country were close to residential zones.
"To the best of my knowledge there have never been any issues around noise impairing residential neighbours and that is a track record we are committed to maintaining."
- The Marlborough Express