4 May 2009

Appeal begins over plans for passenger terminal

4:34 pm on 4 May 2009

An appeal against controversial plans to redevelop Wellington's run-down Overseas Passenger Terminal has begun in the Environment Court.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council granted Wellington Waterfront Limited resource consent for plans to convert the site into a retail, office and apartment complex last year.

The group Waterfront Watch is appealing against the decision, saying it is concerned about the the visual effect and the impact on traffic.

The lawyer representing Wellington Waterfront Ltd says the proposals should go ahead and comply with the Resource Management Act.

Duncan Laing says the plans will improve and rejuvenate the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Clyde Quay areas, which he says are isolated and under-used.

Mr Laing says even if the complex is not built, the Overseas Passenger Terminal still needs upgrading.

The hearing is scheduled for two weeks.