I had heard whispers that this was happening. A very interesting article by NICK TRUEBRIDGE 23.6.16
“Christchurch development figures start new company, launch High Court proceedings”
Christchurch at its worst. A group of wealthy businessmen trying to stop retail development in an area that they do not own. Are they so afraid that this may be competition? Do they not have the best interests of the city at heart? Why do we have to resolve this in court? This should have been sorted out before hand by arbitration/mediation. Do we not believe in the open market economy and competition?
“A group of Christchurch’s most powerful development figures have joined forces to mount a legal challenge against the city council and the company behind the $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment.
City Centre Christchurch Limited (CCCL) was incorporated on June 8 and filed High Court proceedings to seek a judicial review against the council and 181 High Limited two days later.
A who’s who of Christchurch property developers and businessmen are connected to the new company, including, among others, Antony Gough, Tim Carter and Roger Bridge as directors, and Warwick Isaacs, Philip Carter and Michael Ogilvie-Lee as shareholders”.
The real danger is that the public might conclude that they do not want competition to their retail developments in the Cashel Street area. The public may well ask the question as too why these guys are worried that the smaller Peebles development will take tenants from the larger central city development.. “Gough said CCCL sought a review of resource consents granted for areas that were not intended to be used for retail, but which had been approved for it”.
Everyone in the city knows that the original plan designed by the CCDU, under Warrick Issacs leadership I might add, for the so-called “Innovation Precinct” was flawed. At every meeting I ever had with the CCDU, no one could actually tell me what an “Innovation Precinct” was. I still do not know.
What these gentlemen seem to have forgotten is that it not in the BEST INTERESTS of the city to stop rebuilding and mire redevelopment in legal action. What about arbitration? “Asked who came up with the idea for the company, Gough said it was a mutual choice and the company was made up of people “passionate about the centre city”. yeah right…. There should be some way of dealing with these issues out of court.
Pull your heads in, this looks “anti” any other development but your own.
ps: Richard Peebles’ development is coming together quickly, heaps better than what we had before. It was retail before the quakes I might add.
Below is a photo of the new lane way behind us, starting to be formed.
grirr- could make one very grumpy to see the “well-connected land owners” fight competition and try to stall development in other areas.
pps. Our scaffolding is down and the frontage is looking great.
ppps: Is this the outcome that these business owners really want. After 6 years????