Plans for retirement village

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A $100 million retirement development planned for Wanaka aims to combine luxury with environmentally sound construction.
Wanaka locals John May, Aidan Craig and Aaron Nicholson purchased 1ha of a 6ha site for about $2.8 million about three months ago.
Mr Nicholson said this secured the ability to work through development plans for the full 6ha site bordered by Mt Aspiring Rd and Studholme Rd.
‘‘As we get the development under way and consented, then we buy the rest.’’
‘‘We are fully committed to the process but we have got a fair way to go before we get to resource consent,’’ Mr Nicholson said.
The site was once part of the former 19th-century high country Wanaka Station, he said.
An old cook-house that used to be the former working men’s club was on the site, plus an old barn.
The ‘‘high-end village’’ was to be named Pembroke.
The plan was to include stand-alone chalets with full medical care facilities, up to hospital and dementia care, Mr Nicholson said.
‘‘That will be part of the care package that we are planning at this stage.’’
A focus was on ensuring the site was planned with environmental concerns in mind. ‘‘We are very staunch in that space.’’
The intention was to design homes and landscaping as efficiently and sustainably as they could, he said.
‘‘Our ambition is to develop a genuinely world­class retirement community in what we all know is already a world-class location.’’
‘‘Being nestled in a secluded and sheltered suburb just a short stroll to the lake, Wanaka Station Park and the Wanaka township, we believe this is a very unique and appealing proposition.’’
Mr Craig said the development spend for the project was expected to be ‘‘over $100 million’’.
The plan at this stage was for mostly one-level homes with a small amount of apartments at the later stages, and a care facility.
‘‘The consent is for 140-odd homes.’’
The owners hope to be able to offer pre-sale opportunities late next year.