11 Nov 2020

An expanded public boat ramp, reorganised waterfront and newly constructed breakwater feature in a draft development plan for Lyttelton’s Naval Point.

The Draft Te Nukutai o Tapoa/Naval Point Development Plan has been developed in partnership with Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) Rūnanga , which holds mana whenua and are kaitiaki of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.

Council Head of Parks Andrew Rutledge says a lot of work has been carried out with key stakeholders and the community over many years in order to create the draft plan.

“Naval Point is a key facility for Lyttelton residents and the wider Christchurch community and this development will make it better and safer for the public. We want to provide improved recreational facilities and make the area more accessible to everyone.

 “We recognise the site is highly valued by many different individuals, groups and organisations, with many competing needs, which the Council has had to carefully consider when putting the plan together.”

A public drop-in session to share more details about the draft development plan is being held on Wednesday 18 November, from 2pm until 7pm, at the Te Ana Marina Woolstore in Lyttelton.

Other key features of the draft plan include the addition of a public ramp (hand launch facility) for non-motorised water craft and the reduction of the Magazine Bay Marina to one finger of the jetty for public recreational use.

Council staff will be on hand to explain the draft plan and why certain elements have been included or not.

The draft plan, which is a vision for the site and not detailed design, is scheduled to go to the Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula Community Board for approval on 30 November. People will have the opportunity to speak to board members about the plan by making a deputation at the meeting.

Aspects of the draft plan – such as the long-term future of the Magazine Bay Marina, location of a haul out facility and acquisition of land for the development – also require approval from the Council following the community board meeting.

If the draft plan is approved by the Banks Peninsula Community Board and the Council, development will take place in stages as funding is available – starting with key marine structures. Detailed plans will be developed for each of these stages along with further input from stakeholders with detailed design.

A document outlining the detail behind the draft plan is being finalised and will be available on the Council website when the agenda for the Monday, 30 November 2020 Banks Peninsula Community Board meeting goes live on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.