Pinebeach

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This saga has been going on since December 2015, when the nursing home finally closed its doors. Click the picture below for the original Echo article. That picture is taken from the article, which was perhaps a bit naughty of them as it gives the impression that the residents were just thrown out without notice, possessions in a bin bag! That picture was actually taken around 2007 when there was a bomb scare and the residents had to be evacuated quickly. As is usual in these homes, relatives had taken their suitcases home and there was not time to get them, so they just took a few essential supplies.

Evacuation in 2007 after a bomb scare. On the left Cllr Lesley Dedman and Mary Ward, Matron.
Click the image to go to the Echo page, but take the picture with a pinch of salt!

Since 2015 this development proposal has been a source of some annoyance and frustration for local residents. The general intent is to demolish it and build flats. After much debate and submissions of plans, two years later in December 2017 permission was once again refused. I quote from the planners’ report: ‘While reasonably localised in its extent, the effect of the scheme would be to diminish unacceptably the character and appearance of the surrounding area.’ Click for the original article.

However, in the time since closure there have been issues of anti-social behaviour and vandalism, and in July 2018 there was even a public meeting of local residents. Here is a picture taken in November 2018, and as you can see it looked a mess. I doubt that the wire barriers would keep a determined vandal away!

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There have also been complaints about storage of various industrial vehicles, cement mixers, and so on. Here is a picture taken taken today, 21 December. I’m not sure what is happening, but it is certainly busy!

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Here is an article in today’s Echo. It is listed in Christchurch BC planning documents, one of the elevations is reproduced below:

Click the image for all the documents for the latest proposal.

The complete planning documents are here, with other views. To find previous ones, do a search on the Christchurch BC planning page. Unfortunately it is not possible to do a direct link. Searching in the lower section (Search by address) on this page for the word Pinebeach finds it.

Finally, a link to all the relevant documentation for this latest application, and a chance to make comments until January 10.


December 26 2018 – Supplementary to the above, here is a letter, copies of which are outside one of the residents’ homes. The revised proposal could be quite significant in terns of the locality. Please read and take action if you think it appropriate.

See the letter here (pdf).


18 April 2019 – It is reported in today’s Christchurch Times that the fourth set of plans has now been withdrawn by the applicant. The background is that in December 2016 an application by Lifecare Holdings Ltd to demolish the current building and replace it with a block of ten flats was granted by Christchurch Council. This approval lapses after three years, leaving only eight months to begin work.

After discussion between the Council and the application, the plans were withdrawn. in 2017 another plan had been turned down, involving a larger build on the site.

Local residents are waiting to see what happens next!