Ryman Healthcare might have been given the green light to proceed with its massive new village in Devonport, Auckland, but local residents are appealing the decision.

Resource consent has been granted for the village, which Ryman plans to build on a 4.2ha site it will lease from Ngati Whatua for 150 years. Plans show the village will have 195 independent living apartments, a 120 bed care facility and 78 serviced suites. It will be six levels high, with basement carparking.

The three independent commissioners with responsibility for deciding whether resource consent should be granted were divided over the project, with one commissioner against granting consent. However, the majority ruled and consent was granted.

Ryman is obviously delighted that it has been given the go-ahead, and reports they have over 300 residents on a waiting list for the new village.

However, local Devonport residents do not share the company’s glee. Following around 300 submissions opposing the proposed village, the Devonport Peninsular Precincts Society has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court to challenge the development.

Society member Trish Deans is among those who have concerns about the proposed size and style of the village design.

“It’s such a beautiful site [that] any proposal should reflect that rather than be an institutional series of blocks. So that’s really the residents’ main concern,” she told Radio New Zealand.

“Everyone is okay about the fact that there should be a retirement centre here – that’s absolutely fine – but it’s how it’s done.”


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