Subdivision hearing deferred

A commisioners hearing regarding plans for a 160-lot subdivision on the outskirts of Cromwell has adjourned to allow a submitter to speak.

The online hearing relates to the proposed plan change 14 to allow NZ Cherry Corp (Leyser) Limited Partnership to develop an up to 160-lot subdivision on 142ha of land, alongside a multimillion-dollar 29ha cherry orchard expansion.

The hearing before independent commissioner Gary Rae and Central Otago District Council hearings panel chairman Neil Gillespie began on Monday and was expected to run until Thursday.

However, it adjourned on Thursday due to the unavailability of Roger Gibson to speak to his submission on behalf of Horticulture New Zealand.

Mr Gillespie said the decision was made to adjourn, possibly to June 5, when Mr Gibson would be available.

The adjournment would also allow the proponent — NZ Cherry Corp — to produce a memorandum as developer on its proposed next steps.

During the hearing, submissions for and against the plan addressed issues such as the impact of loss of productive land, the effects of orchard-related noise on future homeowners and potential traffic flow changes on State Highway 6.

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