24 Sep 2012

Panel wants brothels excluded from three suburbs

10:33 am on 24 September 2012

A panel set up to decide the location of commercial brothels in Christchurch is suggesting the Aranui, Wigram and Lyttelton be exempted.

A Christchurch City Council-convened panel began deliberating after public consultation in June and July which attracted almost 200 submissions.

Under the proposed bylaw, brothels will not be allowed on a property that shares a boundary with, or are adjacent to, a school or pre-school.

This will apply to larger operator-run brothels rather than smaller owner-operated establishments.

The council said Aranui and Wigram were removed because the creation of buffer zones around residential areas and schools meant the remaining areas were too small or isolated.

In Lyttelton's case, the panel considered the overwhelming opposition from the local community through the submission process and also took into account the recently adopted Lyttelton Master Plan.

Next week the panel will consider the central city area and ratify its recommendations.

A final decision is expected to be made by the full council in late October.