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Council receives application for Ferrymead Site

City Council receives new application for Ferrymead Tavern site

Christchurch City Council has received a new application for the Ferrymead Tavern site, at 1099 Ferry Road.

The latest resource consent proposal is for a seven-storey office block, together with an associated car parking building. The proposed office building contains a ground floor atrium, with six floors of offices above.

City Council area development officer Tony Murray says the building is similar in design to an earlier proposal to construct a 14-storey office block on the site, but with the over-all height reduced from 53m to 28m. The original, taller proposal has already gained resource consent.

The application identifies that the issues for which resource consent is being sought are again related to traffic matters only. In all other respects, it complies with the city's planning system.

As with the earlier proposal, the City Council will send the application to an independent commissioner to decide whether it should be publicly notified and, if not, whether the proposal should be approved.

A decision from the commissioner is expected within a month.

Mr Murray says the City Council has received no information from the applicant, Alan Reay Consultants Ltd, as to its reasons for submitting an application for a lower building.

Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore and City Council staff will host a public meeting in the Council Chambers (ground floor, 163 Tuam St) at 5.30pm on 3 March to provide information for interested Christchurch residents about topical planning issues, including high-rise offices in industrial zones and along the coast.

The meeting will include information about the resource consent process and an explanation of how it applies to the proposed office block at Ferrymead.

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