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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>October</strong> <strong>22</strong> <strong>2020</strong> 3<br />

<strong>News</strong><br />

Residents concerned over future of lodge<br />

• By Sally Murphy<br />

RESIDENTS IN Papanui’s<br />

Erica St say a boarding house<br />

for 75 people would change the<br />

dynamic of the community.<br />

Erica Lodge Ltd has applied for<br />

resource consent from the city<br />

council to convert an existing<br />

rest home on the street into a<br />

boarding house.<br />

But those who live nearby are<br />

concerned the transformation<br />

will bring a lot more cars and<br />

a different demographic to the<br />

street.<br />

The lodge owner, Greg Nell, he<br />

understood why residents have<br />

concerns, but they would not be<br />

realised.<br />

“We run boarding houses<br />

in Auckland and one in Hamilton<br />

so this isn’t new for us,” he<br />

said.<br />

“We don’t accept everybody<br />

and anybody, we have measures<br />

in place to ensure we have the<br />

right tenants.”<br />

Nine residents are giving<br />

submissions at a Resource<br />

Management Act hearing panel<br />

over the application. A decision<br />

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both of which have never had a<br />

problem.<br />

“They’ve actually written letters<br />

in support of our application,<br />

we’ve never had opposition like<br />

this before.”<br />

Nell said he was happy to show<br />

anyone with concerns around<br />

the property.<br />

Grant Buchanan has lived<br />

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not deem him “affected”.<br />

“The community is really concerned<br />

so we’ve all got together<br />

to try and take action.”<br />

Buchanan said when the property<br />

was run as a rest home it<br />

could hold about 57 people.<br />

He wants the council to restrict<br />

the number of residents to 36.<br />

“There are 36 rooms on the<br />

property with ensuites so we<br />

think 36 residents is a better<br />

number.<br />

“This is a low-density housing<br />

area so the boarding house needs<br />

to match that – a boarding house<br />

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with 75 people would be better<br />

suited in a high-density housing<br />

area like the central city.”<br />

To go from 57 residents who<br />

didn’t have cars to 75 younger<br />

people was a complete change of<br />

use of the property, Buchanan<br />

said.<br />

“We had no problems with<br />

the elderly residents, they were<br />

quiet, lived mainly inside the<br />

facility and were nice to interact<br />

with.”<br />

He said the impact on the<br />

community would change.<br />

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people there could be upwards<br />

of 50 cars, most of which will be<br />

parked in the street.”<br />

Buchanan said Nell comparing<br />

the lodge in Christchurch to the<br />

other ones he runs was not fair.<br />

“He is trying to compare vehicle<br />

use in his Auckland facilities<br />

with those in Christchurch<br />

- people in Auckland are used<br />

to using public transport and if<br />

they live in the city, most likely<br />

don’t own cars. Most people in<br />

Christchurch own a car.<br />

“You have to compare apples<br />

with apples.”<br />

Buchanan felt the city council<br />

could have handled the situation<br />

better.<br />

“They’ve excluded a significant<br />

amount of the community –<br />

the elderly have been excluded<br />

because most of the information<br />

is online, and there are a few<br />

people in the community who<br />

don’t have English as their first<br />

language and all of the information<br />

is in English.”<br />

The city council said having<br />

a boarding house for 75 people<br />

in a low-density housing area<br />

was not permitted under the<br />

district plan, hence the need for<br />

the proposal to be considered<br />

through a resource consent<br />

process.<br />

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