Locals upset about proposal to build large retirement village in seaside Auckland suburb

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Locals from the Auckland suburb of Devonport are calling for a proposal to build a large retirement village on the waterfront to be rejected.

An artist's impression of the Ryman's retirement complex planned for the Devonport site - which is being rejected by locals.

An artist's impression of the Ryman's retirement complex planned for the Devonport site - which is being rejected by locals.

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The proposed site would provide 195 individual living apartments, 120 care beds, and 78 serviced care suites.

A resource consent hearing began today for the Ryman Healthcare project, which hopes to see the development of a six-storey, six-building complex on the corner of Lake Road and Ngataranga Road.

But plans are hotly opposed by locals.

They’re concerned about the size and dominance of the village, generation of traffic, and the lack of architectural advice the company has employed, among other issues.

However, according to company representative Andrew Mitchell, the village is "urgently needed in the Devonport area".

Mr Mitchell says there is a list of over 300 people who have already expressed an interest in residing there.

But over 393 submission have been made about the proposal, 304 of which oppose the plans.

Only 73 support them.

More than 200 locals have joined forces, creating a group called the Ngataringa Bay Action Group, who want resource consent to be rejected.

An 11-year-old made this public submission to Auckland Council in the matter of Ryman Healthcare’s application to build a retirement village at Ngataringa Bay, Devonport.

An 11-year-old made this public submission to Auckland Council in the matter of Ryman Healthcare’s application to build a retirement village at Ngataringa Bay, Devonport.

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An 11-year-old girl has shown her concern in a submission she wrote to the Auckland Council, which has since been uploaded to the group's Facebook page.

She wrote about the special meaning of Polly’s Park to her and a Kowhai tree under which her placenta is buried.

"It means that place is where my home is - where I belong. Now are you going to destroy it?" she said.

"You might think I'm too young to write a submission but no one's to young to take action and make the world a better place."

A spokesperson for the group Iain Rea says "we welcome Ryman Healthcare to the area but we want them to work with us, to create something worthy of the site."

An artist's impression of the Ryman's retirement complex planned for the Devonport site.

An artist's impression of the Ryman's retirement complex planned for the Devonport site.

Source: 1 NEWS

Another submission made against the retirement village is one from Grey Power, a national seniors advocacy group.

Ryman and its experts presented evidence today and will continue tomorrow before those opposed have their say.

The hearing is set to wrap up on Friday.

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