Concerns at housing plan
Some neighbours have raised concerns about a proposed affordable housing development earmarked for a rural site along Main Rd Hope, about 17 kilometres south of Nelson.
Landowners Jason and Ange Mudgway have been trying to get approval since early 2019 for the proposed residential subdivision on 3.67 hectares of rural 1 land on the outskirts of Richmond.
The couple tried to get approval as a special housing area but it was knocked back over timing. They reapplied last year under the Covid-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 to develop more than 40 residential allotments and the associated infrastructure in a subdivision called The Vines. Environment Minister David Parker in November agreed to refer the project to an expert consenting panel.
A formal application for The Vines was lodged with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on March 5. The EPA provides advice and administrative support for expert consenting panels appointed under act.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 15 March 2021)
Former Royal Hotel sold but future use unclear
The mantle of owning a 170-year-old piece of Nelson’s history, the former Royal Hotel building, has been picked up by a new buyer.
The building has been a fixture of the Nelson hospitality scene in various guises since 1851, at the intersection of Bridge St and Collingwood St – known as Four Spirits Corner. The for sale signs have been up in recent weeks with offers sought over $699,000.
Last week the building was listed as sold, but it is not yet known who has bought it, or their plans for the site.
The current owner of the building, Aaron McNaughton, who purchased the historic hotel in 2011 along with its backpacker accommodation, declined to comment on the sale.
Nelson City Council’s Resource Management Plan lists the facades above the verandah and verandah itself as a Group A Heritage listing, while the adjoining 1910-era building is deemed Group B.
Group A buildings, places, and objects are considered to be of major significance to the district, and their protection is considered essential, except in exceptional circumstances.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 15 March 2021)
Debt set to more than double
The Nelson City Council is proposing to more than double its level of debt over the next 10 years, so it can invest heavily in capital projects while keeping rates rises to around 5 per cent.
The issue of debt versus rates was one of the eight key issues identified by the council in its Draft Consultation Document for the 2021-31 Long Term Plan.
The council will meet tomorrow to vote on the LTP consultation document, before it goes out to the public next Monday.
Documents from the agenda outline the council’s financial strategy over the next 10 years, and how it is planning to balance an increase in both capital and operational spending while keeping rates increases to an affordable level.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 17 March 2021)
Funds found to preserve stand of ancient totara
The threat of the axe has been removed for a stand of ancient totara trees at Brightwater, with the last of the funds secured to buy the land on which they grow.
Yesterday, just two days before the planned Snowden’s Bush 100th Birthday & Family Fun Day, came the announcement that the Pinegrove Trust had agreed to provide the last $25,000 needed to buy the 3500-square-metre parcel of green space which is home to the trees.
‘‘It feels amazing,’’ said Brightwater resident Janice Gibbs, who started the push to preserve the totara in 2018.
The intention is that the land, alongside Waimea West Rd and adjacent to the Snowden’s Bush Scenic Reserve, will now be protected as the Laura Hill Reserve. Hill was a long-term resident of Brightwater whose bequest led to the establishment of the Pinegrove Trust in 1986.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 20 March 2021)