Agreement on a contested plan to build an apartment and
retail development in a protected Dunedin townscape appears
to be edging closer.
Environment Court staff in Christchurch yesterday confirmed
they were awaiting consent documents from the parties, which
could result in a compromise agreement in negotiations over
the planned development at 372-392 Princes St and 11 Stafford
The development planned by Luke Dirkzwager, of Prista
Apartments in Christchurch, had been approved by the Dunedin
City Council in 2010, after years of debate and public
However, it stalled again when the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust appealed against the decision, prompting other
parties to join the proceedings, and there have been few
outward signs of progress since.
Discussions between lawyers representing Mr Dirkzwager and
the trust have been continuing, while other parties have been
Yesterday, the ODT was told agreement on a compromise
was edging closer, although it would require agreement from
Mr Dirkzwager remained tight-lipped yesterday, saying only
talks were continuing and he could not say if an agreement
was any closer.
He had hoped to reach an agreement by the end of January that
would avoid the need for a court hearing, but said yesterday
the parties were ''not yet there''.