Central Canterbury News : January 28th 2015
ROSA’S RECORD Dream two days P19 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 growing tourism market in Selwyn, if given the green light. The Selwyn District Council received a resource consent application for the development in December, from Castle Hill Adventure Tours, under the direction of Donald John Stewart Reid. The proposed site, opposite Holiday park plan proposed A By EMILY SPINK sprawling new holiday park and upgraded golf course could add to the Castle Hill Village, covers more than 17 hectares. The holiday park would include a campervan and parking area, providing up to 32 individual parking spaces; kitchen block; 16 tourist cabins; and general camping grounds. Malvern Community Board chairperson Jenny Gallagher said if the development went ahead, ‘‘it would be great for the area’’. The application proposes a teepee-themed camping area and a small performing stage. ‘‘This novel form of camping is seen as providing an alternative form of camping experience that would be attractive particularly to families with young children,’’ the application says. A recreation centre/clubhouse building has been proposed, primarily for guests staying on-site, users of the golf course, and for residents and guests in Castle Hill Village. The proposal also states the ‘‘overall essence of the holiday park development is to create a landscape that will be akin to the surrounding high country’’. SERVING CENTRAL CANTERBURY FOR OVER 125 YEARS Manicured grounds will be limited, to achieve this vision, and a more rugged look retained, ‘‘with the extensive use of various tussocks, hebes et cetera that tend to characterise the high country’’. Golf course developments include upgrading the ‘‘general quality of the fairways and putting greens’’, and a new manager’s residence. The overall building style will follow the ‘‘traditional alpine/colonial’’ theme established in Castle Hill Village. Selwyn District councillor for Malvern ward, Sam Broughton, could not comment on the specific application while it is before council, but said ‘‘having a variety of accommodation options for the people of Selwyn and spread across the district is a good thing’’. Broughton said there are six ski fields, ‘‘heaps’’ of golf courses, and wilderness experiences that people can enjoy in Selwyn – as a tourist destination – and there needs to be business to support that. ‘‘If that sector can grow, then that helps create jobs in the area, which again helps people be employed and stay connected to their local community, rather than having to travel away for work. ‘‘We’ve been a strong agricult- ural district for a long time, and that’s now changed, with the growing towns in the east and the movement of people to Selwyn over the last five years.’’ ❚ The Selwyn District Council is accepting submissions on the application until February 4. Lapping up liquid fun Judah Shrestha, 10, (left) and cousin Anmol Shrestha, 9, enjoyed a night’s stay at Coes Ford while on their road trip from Tauranga to Dunedin. Picture: EMILY SPINK ■More pictures of Selwyn holiday makers, page 3.
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