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The Gore Distict Council panel hearing a resource consent application that was seeking approval to demolish the former Gore Methodist Church requested further information on Wednesday.
GTM Developments Ltd, owned by Gore couple Graham and Tara Maxwell, is seeking a land-use consent to demolisha scheduled heritage structure, the former Gore Methodist Church, in Irk St.
If the plan is approved, the church will be replaced with a $3 million two-storied commercial building incorporating offices and a cafe.
Consent is also required for on-site parking requirements.
A consent hearing was held on June 20 before Gore district councillors Nicky Davis and Cliff Bolger.
The hearing was adjourned, but the hearing panel issued a minute on Wednesday requesting further information.
Gore District Council resource management planner Rosie Given recommended in her report at the hearing that the application be declined.
Miss Given said the loss of heritage values if the church was demolished was of concern, and in the absence of adequate alternatives and professional heritage advice she recommended the application be declined.
‘‘The recommendation of Miss Given to decline consent to the demolition of the building was primarily influenced by what she considered to be a lack of assessment by a qualified expert on the heritage values of the building and uncertainty as to the features of the existing building that could be salvaged and reused either in the new building or elsewhere,’’ Mrs Davis said in the minute.
The committee has directed GTM Developments to provide details of various structures, features and fittings of, and within, the church building that were capable of reuse and the methods the applicant proposed to adopt to advertise their availability.
The committee also requested a plan of how the heritage values of the existing building will be represented and the degree to which elements of the church can be incorporated into the public space of the new building.
A request was also made for revised plans of the new development, drawn to the metric scale showing features such as distance of buildings from boundaries, road frontages, the 6m-wide vehicle access to the property, the areas to be used by vehicles, parking and manoeuvering and the dimension of those areas.
It is anticipated the requested information be submitted for the committee’s deliberation on Thursday, August 11.
At the hearing, Mr Maxwell told the panel heritage values would be preserved by way of a photographic essay, incorporating the church’s foundation stone and the cross into the design of the building.
Mr Maxwell said yesterday he was endeavouring to supply the material the committee requested including revised plans of the car parking and also working on drawings incorporating features of the church in the new building’s foyer.
‘‘We are getting increasingly frustrated with delays since we started the process in February. It is now directly impacting on the financial viability of the project,’’ Mr Maxwell said.