New Hokitika development

By Rebekah Fraser

The former Westmeats site on the northern outskirts of Hokitika could be transformed into a commercial and industrial hub.
The Seaview site, now owned by Evan Jones, could house six businesses including the Evan Jones Construction depot, a pre-cast concrete factory and the SPCA.
Resource consent documents have been lodged with the Westland District Council.
The consent seeks permission to establish six commercial industrial activities on the site, which is currently zoned for rural purposes.
“Without the proposal the site is unlikely to be utilised for any meaningful purpose, given that its size and location make it unsuitable for rural purposes. The proposal will upgrade a site that will potentially become rundown and abandoned,” the application says.
Plans show the Evan Jones Construction (EJC) depot would move from its current premises on the old Westland Milk Products site in Weld Street, allowing it more room to expand.
“EJC has grown substantially since commencing operations in 1986. EJC now wishes to extend its operations to accommodate the increased growth.”
The offices and depot would be situated on one lot, with a pre-cast concrete factory to be built next door.
Possible uses for the remaining six lots are also listed in the consent application, although developers asked for “flexibility” as only EJC had confirmed it would be moving.
Potential occupiers include the SPCA, which is expected to demolish the old animal shelter in Hau Hau Road in January in order to make way for a new complex at the same site.
A panelbeater and aluminium window framing business could also join the SPCA at the Seaview site, together with another unspecified business.
The maximum height of five buildings would be 7m, but the concrete factory would be 12m high.
All the buildings would be finished with textures and colours “sympathetic” to the location, while extensive landscaping would be done between buildings and along the rear boundary. A raft of proposed conditions relating to noise, light and signs are also included in the application.
“Given the measures to enhance the buildings and site then this group could form an attractive enclave at the entrance of Hokitika.”
Westmeats closed its Hokitika headquarters in September, shortly after a small fire in a refrigerator caused smoke damage. The factory building and retail shop was pulled down in March.