We are a group of committed volunteers advocating for and preserving the unique history and heritage features – the buildings, trees and streetscape – of Greytown in South Wairarapa; New Zealand's first planned inland town.
The town's renowned historic buildings and trees are protected by council bylaws and the Trust works to uphold these. Greytown Community Heritage Trust was established in 1993 with five founding members and $10 in capital. The new Trust called a public meeting on improving the aesthetics of the town. Founding member Alisoun Werry recalls: “It was the biggest meeting ever ...well, since (traveling television quiz show host) Selwyn Toogood! About 20 people approved, the rest bayed for blood...”
Whilst I guess you could argue this is a 25% improvement, the Trust still believes the plans are substantially incompatible with existing Main Street buildings in scale and proportion and if approved would create a most unfortunate precedent for future developments.
The Council is well aware of our views and these will be taken into account in a decision as to whether to publically notify. We urge you to continue to make your own views known either to the Council Russell.Hooper@swdc.govt.nz or to the Greytown Community Board.
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A new set of plans has been submitted by the developer. Below is a representation of the new design. You will see that the original four-storey plan has been reduced to three.
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SUBMIT A PROPERTY HISTORY
This is a fascinating walking trail featuring around 40 properties, developed by the Trust as an ongoing project. Signs give information about the heritage features of each property and there are QR codes on some signs to enable the public to access more information.
We are regularly adding more information about selected properties on the Trail:
We are encouraging locals to submit history about their Greytown properties. If you are not a Greytown resident but have information about any of the heritage trail properties, we encourage you to get in touch. Download the form here:
A huge thank you to our members and to all those who came from throughout Wairarapa and from Wellington to attend this successful event. Jock Phillips proved to be an outstanding speaker, whose fascinating – and sometimes shocking – facts about Maori and royal tours kept the audience riveted. The images too were compelling. A copy of the address can be found here.
We welcome those of you who signed up as new members on the night and we look forward to keeping you posted about more Greytown Heritage Trust events in the new year. Nga mihi nui, ki a koutou!
SOUTH WAIRARAPA DISTRICT COUNCIL'S PLANNING TEAM
The Planning team at South Wairarapa District Council comprises four professionally trained planners. The team includes Mitchell Kuhn, a recent graduate and planner originally from USA, Lou Brown planner from Dunedin, Russell Hooper the Planning Manager and Russell O'Leary Group Manager Planning and Environment.
The range of duties undertaken within resource management planning for SWDC, the growing district and South Wairarapa's three towns includes:
" District Plan advice,
" Resource consent assessment and decision making,
" RMA matters
" Plan implementation and compliance
" District Plan review and policy work
" Urban growth and spatial planning.
The planners value the ongoing positive liaison and assistance from the Greytown Heritage Trust and the Maori Standing Committee respectively in terms of heritage and planning matters.
Group Manager Planning and Environment
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