Plan to protect Arcadia's charm

Arcadia Station in Paradise, near Glenorchy. Photo from ODT files.
Arcadia Station in Paradise, near Glenorchy. Photo from ODT files.
The owner of the 105-year-old Arcadia House in Paradise, near Glenorchy, is making efforts to protect the historic site by contracting a guided framework for any future developments.

Arcadia Station owner James Veint filed an application this month with Lakes Environmental for the development of a structure plan.

In May 2010, the Otago Daily Times reported several areas of rural land in the Queenstown Lakes district could be subject to intense and substantial development with limited control, because of zoning regulations.

Queenstown Lakes District Council senior policy analyst Daniel Wells warned the land around Arcadia Station was one of several areas at risk of "inappropriate development".

Mr Veint had commissioned Vivian and Espie Ltd and Baxter Design Group Ltd to prepare a plan for the part of Arcadia Station which is zoned Rural Visitor Zone - located alongside the Diamond Lake, in Paradise.

He said approval of a structure plan would provide a "framework" to guide future land use development, and protect and enhance key features of the site.

"Overall, the structure plan and design guidelines will promote and direct a future development outcome that will preserve and protect the amenity that both local residents and visitors currently value," Mr Veint said.

Tessa Ward, in her book, Otago and Southland Heritage Houses, said Arcadia Station was built in 1906 by Joseph Cyprian Fenn, and was designed in England.

In 1951, the house was bought by the artist Lloyd Veint.

His son James now owns the property and has overseen major repairs in recent years.


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