10 Jun 2009

Environment Court approves terminal development

4:45 pm on 10 June 2009

A multi-million-dollar redevelopment of Wellington's rundown Overseas Passenger Terminal has been given the go-ahead by the Environment Court.

Wellington Regional Council granted Wellington Waterfront Ltd resource consents in May 2008 to convert the site into a retail, office and apartment complex.

But lobby group Waterfront Watch appealed against the decision, raising concerns about the visual effect of the complex and the impact it would have on traffic.

Waterfront Watch president Pauline Swann says she is disappointed but will not comment further while discussions are taking place with lawyers.

Wellington Waterfront Limited says a blot on the landscape will now be converted to a remarkable building containing between 70 and 90 apartments, while public access to Clyde Quay Wharf will be retained.

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says the complex was subject to extensive consultation before it got its original approval.

The terminal was built in 1964, on a wharf that was constructed in 1906.