By DAVID HILL
A new retail development planned for Rangiora’s Red Lion Corner will include a Burger King outlet.
The Waimakariri District Council has received a resource consent application to establish retail and office premises and the fast-food restaurant on the former Red Lion Hotel site on the corner of Ivory and High streets.
Planning manager Nick Harrison says the applicant was lodged by Christchurch Property Projects Ltd, on behalf of the site’s American owner Capitola Investments.
The Red Lion Hotel was an iconic Rangiora building, demolished after the earthquakes. It has been in limbo since.
Mr Harrison says further information is being sought by the council, including in relation to traffic flow and car parking.
He says it is currently the only major new development being proposed in Rangiora, with work now under way on the Riverview Terraces project in Kaiapoi.
Last year the council received 370 resource consent applications, an increase of 15 from 2016, with all applications processed within the time required by law.
The three most common consent categories related to subdivisions (generally between two and five new lots), vehicle crossing separations and structure coverage breaches (the most common ‘non-subdivision’ consent application).
Just two percent were notified, with two hearings held. Two of the eight notified consents were declined by the hearing commissioner.
Last year, 573 consents were issued for new houses. While this is well down on the peak post-earthquake period from 2012 to 2014, it is still above pre-earthquake levels, Mr Harrison says.
Rangiora led the way with 161 consents for new houses, followed by Kaiapoi with 146 and Pegasus with 77.