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Council releases draft School of Music report

Council releases draft School of Music report

The Christchurch City Council has today (23 December) released the draft November Heritage Impact Assessment Report by Australian conservation and heritage consultant Elizabeth Vines on the proposed National Conservatorium of Music.

Ms Vines prepared a report for the Council in November on the application for land use consent by the National Conservatorium of Music JV Ltd for the proposed School of Music on land owned by the Christchurch Arts Centre Trust Board.

City Council Regulation and Democracy Services General Manager Peter Mitchell says the Council received five requests under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act for a copy of the draft report.

"The draft report and a letter from Ms Vines discussing her preliminary assessment of changes to the land use consent application made by the JV company following the draft November report have today been released to those who requested the information."

Mr Mitchell says it is normal Council practice to commission an independent report when processing land use applications. "It is also normal and recommended best practice to discuss with applicants elements of such reports before they are finalised.

"This is what happened with the land use consent by the National Conservatorium of Music JV Ltd application. We discussed extracts from the report with the applicant, who subsequently made changes to the design.

"Ms Vines now feels there has been a 'definite improvement' and the 'areas of concern have been well responded to'."

Mr Mitchell says there are three elements which Ms Vines believes can be dealt with by way of a condition to any resource consent that may be granted and a fourth element she says can be subject to further discussion with the architect

"The Council's practice with regards to the proposed School of Music drat Heritage Impact Assessment Report has been entirely in accordance the best practice promoted by a nationally based independent Quality Planning project group."


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