Skyline seeks approval to build 25 structures

Skyline Enterprises is seeking permission to build 25 permanent and temporary structures near its upper gondola complex as it finalises planning for its proposed $100million-plus upgrade of the facility.

The tourism giant wants to build nine permanent structures on its leased site in Ben Lomond Recreation Reserve: a luge photo building, four water storage tanks, a luge operation building and concrete foundations for three building pylons required for the proposed expanded complex.

It also wants to set up and operate 16 Portacom or container buildings that will support the major upgrade, as well as the construction of a luge workshop and the replacement of the luge chairlift.

In a report for tomorrow's full meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, parks and reserves senior planner Aaron Burt recommended approvals be granted for the the structures and related earthworks.

The council had authority to give approvals for the work as an affected party, as lessor of the site, and with delegated ministerial authority.

However, the approvals remained subject to Skyline getting resource consent for the temporary buildings, Mr Burt said.

A consultant's report accompanying the consent application for the temporary buildings said one of two Portacoms already on the site had been there for about two years, and retrospective consent was required.

Assuming construction work on the gondola complex upgrade began at the beginning of next year, the temporary buildings would remain in place until mid-2023, the report said.

That would allow for an expected construction period of four years, plus a six-month buffer for delays.

The upgrade remains subject to a final decision by the Environment Court and other planning hurdles.


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