Queen Mary Hospital Historic Reserve - proposed lease
The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool & Spa (HSTPS) are seeking to lease, for five years with two rights of renewal of five years each, approximately 1000m2 of the Queen Mary Hospital Historic Reserve for use as a picnic area.
In November 2019, HSTPS opened the cascade pools and slide to the public. With the opening being immediately prior to the busiest four months of the year, the HSTPS were concerned that their existing picnic areas would potentially become overcrowded. The HSTPS applied for and were granted a lease for the area identified below for one year. The HSTPS have now identified there is a need going forward for more space for picnicking to accommodate their customers during the summer months. On that basis the HSTPS are applying for a new lease for a longer timeframe.
A commercial lease is anticipated in the reserve management plan so public notification is not required, however, the council understand there is a strong public interest in this reserve and have decided to publically notify the proposed lease to understand the public’s view on the proposal before making a decision.
The area HSTPS are proposing to lease is outlined in red on the aerial photo below.
During their previous lease HSTPS fenced the area with a green wrought iron fence consistent with the existing HSTPS fence on the west boundary. The fence is located on the east side of the Linden trees and far enough away from the trees so that they do not assist in ‘jumping the fence’. Security cameras are also to be installed on the fence. This fence would remain if a new lease was granted.
An arborist report was prepared in 2019, to assist in designing an appropriate fence and installation methodology along with a Tree Protection Plan. The Plan covered the measures required to protect the notable Linden trees in an un-damaged state whilst the fence installation works were carried out.
A consultant arborist visited the site in May this year to undertake a visual assessment of the notable Linden trees. It was concluded in the report that the notable Linden trees are in a ‘fair overall condition, which is the same condition that they were prior to the installation of the fence in close proximity to the trees.’
It is proposed that Council will lease the area to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool & Spa for a term of five years with two rights of renewal of five years each. The rental charged will be a market rental set by a registered valuer.
What do you think?
Making a submission is your way to be heard. We want to hear from you regardless of whether you support the proposal or not.
You can use the online form or make your submission in writing using the submission form. Find links below. This form can be returned by email to email@example.com or by post or delivery to Hurunui District Council, 66 Carters Road, PO Box 13, Amberley 7441.