Four submissions on factory demolition

Part of the canopy of the former Cadbury warehouse is pulled down on Saturday, as work begins on...
Photo: ODT files.
There were four submissions by yesterday afternoon on the application to demolish the former Cadbury factory in Dunedin’s city centre.

Submissions closed at midnight last night on the Ministry of Health proposal to take down the buildings, including their district plan-listed heritage facades, to make way for the planned $1.4 billion new Dunedin hospital.

Council resource consent manager Alan Worthington said a recommending report would be prepared and circulated at least 15 working days before a hearing where the applicant and submitters could speak to the hearing committee.

He didn’t know yesterday if a hearing date was set but said it would be more than a month from the close of submissions.

When the application was publicly notified last month, Dunedin heritage buildings developer Ted Daniels warned against pushing ahead with the buildings’ demolition without a full government commitment to the site.

Yesterday he provided his written submission to the Otago Daily Times.

"We should not be in a hurry and risk making the wrong decision unless the loss of the Cadbury buildings will be outweighed by the positive benefits of the new hospital build and the hospital will definitely be built on that site," he wrote.


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