Heritage order seen as barrier to sale

Tuesday 19 October 2004

A heritage order placed on part of the former Queen Mary Hospital site in Hanmer Springs could make the property difficult to sell, says Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) corporate solicitor Jeannie Bayly.

By The Landlord

The Hurunui District Council is seeking a heritage order over a 4.8ha portion of the 15ha site owned by the board.

Bayly said the board might be able to require the council to buy the 4.8ha using a provision of the Resource Management Act, although this was largely untested.

The board's obligations under the 1998 Settlement Act to offer land first to Ngai Tahu were a complicating factor, she said. Provisions in the act, such as the land being incapable of reasonable use if the order was granted, would also have to be met before the council, as a heritage protection authority, could be required to buy the land.

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