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Consent granted for Terminal redevelopment

News release
1 May 2008

Consent granted for Overseas Passenger Terminal redevelopment

A Greater Wellington Hearing Committee has granted consent for a proposal to develop the Overseas Passenger Terminal into an apartment and retail complex.

The resource consent application, lodged by Capital Wharf Limited and Wellington Waterfront Limited involves redeveloping the existing building into an apartment complex with a mezzanine and four levels above wharf level and one level below for parking, with a maximum height of approximately 21.4 metres.

The proposed development also includes structural strengthening of the Clyde Quay Wharf, wharf public space development and a low-level jetty extension at the Wharf’s northern end.

The Committee considered the proposal was consistent with the Resource Management Act, the Wellington Regional Policy Statement, the Regional Coastal Plan, the Wellington City District Plan and the Wellington Waterfront Framework.

“The Hearing Committee determined that there would be significant benefits to Wellington city from the proposal and that its potential adverse effects were not significant enough to decline the application,” Greater Wellington Environmental Regulation team leader Miranda Robinson said.

She said that the Committee had concluded that the construction related issues, including noise and traffic had been adequately addressed by the applicants at the hearing stage.

It also concluded that the heritage values of the Clyde Quay Wharf and the Overseas Passenger Terminal would be provided for and that the proposed design still maintained links to the original building’s character and retained its landmark quality.

It also felt that the proposed activities associated with the redevelopment would add to the quality of open space and increase activity and greater public use of the site contributing positively to the economy.

Although the Committee has granted the consent submitters may appeal the decision within 15 working days.

A copy of the decision is available at the Environment Helpdesk, Level 3, Greater Wellington Regional Centre, 142 Wakefield Street. The decision can be found on Greater Wellington’s website http://www.gw.govt.nz/story24746.cfm and details on how to lodge an appeal at www.gw.govt.nz/story3389.cfm

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