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All Saints Church additions and alterations

In April 2021 an independent hearings panel declined a resource consent application for works at the iconic Palmerston North church.

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Photo shows the iconic brick church which is a listed heritage building.

Palmerston North City Council has received an application for resource (land use) consent for additions and alterations (including partial demolition) of the All Saints Church building. The church is a Category 1 Heritage Listed building located at 338 Church Street, Palmerston North.

Submissions closed on 12 August 2020. We received 100 submissions.

Main components of the works

  • Partial demolition of a portion of the existing church building, including the removal of the existing baptistery
  • The addition of a new lobby and reception area with a curved canopy and glazed frontage to Church Street
  • Seismic upgrade and repair to the existing building
  • A new accessible entrance into the main space of the church
  • Construction of a new roof of the church
  • Construction of new entrances and a new covered walkway along the western edge of the church, serving a new office space on the western boundary of the site
  • Landscaping to integrate the overall design to the street and public realm, including works within legal road.

Further details about the application are provided in section 2.3 of the applicant’s Assessment of Environmental Effects. This should be read in conjunction with the proposed plans submitted with Appendix C of the application. A ‘walk-through’ computer-generated 3D model has also been presented by the applicant for reference.

Watch the walk-through video of the proposed works.

Public notification of the application

  • Title of Application: All Saints Church
  • Applicant: Wellington Diocesan Board of Trustees
  • Legal Description: Part Section 838 Township of Palmerston North
  • Council Reference Number: LU 5331

Application documents

The resource consent application documents are available below:

Hearing documents

A commissioner hearing was held at 9am on Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 January 2021.  Information on the commissioner hearing is available below:

Post hearing correspondence

Further information requests and response

All Saints Church resource consent application declined

A resource consent application (LU5331) to undertake modifications of All Saints Church has been declined by an independent hearings panel. The application filed by the Wellington Diocesan Board of Trustees sought the demolition of the existing baptistry; additions and alterations including a new lobby and reception area, new entrances; office space and a new roof of the heritage church located at 338 Church Street, Palmerston North.

Independent commissioners Jane Black, Heike Lutz, and David McMahon were appointed by Council to consider the application, and a hearing was held in Palmerston North, from January 20 to 22 this year.

Summary of decision

Having considered all relevant matters under s104 of the Resource Management Act, and based on the evidence and submissions presented at the hearing, the commissioners unanimously found that:

  • Aspects of the proposal would result in positive social, spiritual and cultural effects, and in particular, strengthening of the building would result in positive effects on historic heritage and resilience to natural hazards.
  • The proposed demolition of the baptistry will result in significant and irreversible adverse effects on historic heritage, and the scale, position and design of the proposed additions will result in adverse effects on historic heritage and the quality of the streetscape in this part of the city centre.
  • Evidence suggests that alternatives could be adopted that would achieve the applicant’s express aims whilst having a lesser adverse environmental impact.
  • The proposal is poorly aligned with the relevant District Plan objectives and policies when a fair appraisal of the provisions is applied as a whole.

A copy of the decision is available below: