Heritage Shopping Areas

24 May 2010

We want to make some changes to our District Plan - the city's planning rulebook - that will help preserve and enhance the special character of six of Wellington's older suburban shopping areas.

Shops such as these add to the character of Newtown

Shops such as these add to the character of Newtown

District Plan Change 75 proposes to add the following shopping areas to the Council's heritage list: Aro Valley, Berhampore (Rintoul Street), Hataitai, Adelaide Road - Riddiford/John street corner (Newtown), Newtown shops and the Tinakori shops in Thorndon.

The creation of heritage areas would mean the buildings are recognised and protected for their heritage value and any major changes to the exterior of listed buildings, or their demolition, would require resource consent.

The Council's Principal Heritage Advisor, Viv Rickard, says the buildings nominated for potential heritage areas are of high significance.

"The six proposed heritage areas are important for the contribution they make to Wellington's history and the stories they tell about how and where the city developed over time."

Council staff and independent heritage specialists assessed a number of potential heritage areas on the basis of their significance and collective value. These six suburban shopping areas will join the Island Bay shops and several central city and residential heritage areas listed in recent years.

So what does this mean for building owners in the proposed heritage areas?

A heritage area in the District Plan has little effect on the day-to-day operation and purpose of businesses within the area. Owners would still be able to carry out general repairs and maintenance, erect signs and make internal changes without needing consent from the Council. The main difference would be when owners propose alterations or modifications to the exterior of their building.

"Council staff are available to provide conservation advice and technical assistance to building owners in heritage areas who are thinking of making changes to their property. Applications can be made for heritage resource fees to be reimbursed and, in some cases, if certain criteria are met, building owners may also be eligible for financial assistance through our Built Heritage Incentive Fund."

The fund helps people conserve, restore, and protect aspects of the city's built heritage for present and future generations. There is $200,000 available for grants in 2010/11. Grants from the fund are allocated three times a year - deadlines fall on the last working day of July, November and March. Application forms, criteria, and conditions are available in the Grants section of our website.

To make a submission on proposed District Plan Change 75, visit the District Plan Changes section of this website or call us on
(04) 499 4444 for a form. Submissions close at 5.00pm on 23 July. Owners opposed to the listing of their property have a right to a hearing, with a further right of appeal to the Environment Court.