Hamilton City Council has formally lodged a Resource Consent Application to progress the demolition of the Municipal Pools, which have a Category B Heritage ranking in the Operative Hamilton City District Plan.
The pools, at the south end of Victoria St, ceased operating in 2012.
In June 2015, the Council voted to permanently close the facility due to safety and structural concerns.
The Council’s Resource Consent application is lodged with its Planning Guidance Unit, but the application will be processed by an independent planning consultant.
The Council, as applicant, has requested the application be publicly notified which means members of the public and interested organisations can make submissions on the proposal, through an online portal on the Council’s website.
If submissions are made, a consent hearing will be held and chaired by an independent commissioner, who will hear and decide on the application to demolish the pools.
The consent process could take up to six months.
If demolition of the Municipal Pools proceeds, the site will be returned to green space, consistent with the adjacent riverside reserve.