A company involved in Frankton's development saga has hit
back at claims the Queenstown Lakes District Council is
ignoring community views.
Those behind Queenstown Central Ltd, which owns some of the
prime development land at Frankton Flats, disagree with the
claims made this week by rival developer Alastair Porter.
Mr Porter, whose family-run Shotover Park Ltd has appealed an
Environment Court decision on the zoning of Frankton Flats,
alleged the community's views and those of affected
landowners were not being fairly considered by staff or
elected members of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
A lack of clarity regarding intended outcomes for a 69ha plot
at Frankton Flats meant that the community could not shape
the future of the area without calling in costly consultants,
lawyers and judges, Mr Porter said.
The Environment Court has backed council plans to zone the
area for industrial use, whereas Mr Porter's Shotover Park
has plans for a $50 million retail development, including a
Pak'n Save supermarket and Mitre 10 Mega hardware store.
In response, Queenstown Central development manager Simon
Holloway said in a statement the council's plan for the
Frankton Flats land was notified for public submissions in
2007. A plan change clearly identified the development
outcomes the council wanted for the land to provide for the
district's future growth.
''[The plan change] was publicly notified, providing the
community every opportunity to participate in the zoning
process,'' Mr Holloway said.
A separate decision issued by independently appointed
commissioners and largely in accordance with the council
plans was also publicly notified.
''The Porters' appeal to the [latest Environment Court]
decision seeks to enable retail activities for their land
rather than the industrial activity status the court decision
has directed,'' Mr Holloway says.
Separately, Queenstown Central has appealed consents granted
for the Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 by the Environment Court to
protect the integrity of the plan change. Mr Holloway said it
should be clarified Queenstown Central was not the owner or
developer of land dubbed ''Hendo's Hole'', where a $125
million mall is proposed.
That company was Queenstown Gateway (5M) Ltd owned by
Aucklander Tony Gapes. Mr Gapes is a director of
Auckland-based Redwood Group, which has a management
relationship with Queenstown Central.
Mr Holloway adds: ''Queenstown Central, and we understand
Queenstown Gateway, have a strong desire to resolve all
matters within the Frankton Flats in order that the
Queenstown community may benefit from the amenities and
growth opportunities that [the plan change] decision will
Earlier this week, Mr Porter said his company, Shotover Park,
regretted making the appeal but had little choice - and
''remained committed to achieving an agreed settlement to
avoid further litigation''.
By Ryan Keen, of the Mountain Scene