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By GUY WILLIAMS

Queenstown’s council has applied to itself for consent to use a chunk of Warren Park as a construction base for major transport and ‘shovel-ready’ projects until the end of 2024.

The land use consent application states that if approved, a 6500sqm area on the park’s western side — about a third of its total area — will be used for stockpiling shingle, worker parking, keeping excavation waste and storage of containers, material and goods.

While the use of a reserve for the purpose is ‘‘unusual’’, a central base is needed to support major capital works projects.

That includes CBD street upgrades, the first stage of the town centre arterial road and Waka Kotahi roading upgrades.

Although the completion date of Ngai Tahu Property’s residential develop ment, Te Pa Tahuna, on the neighbouring former high school site is unknown, it’s likely people will be living there be fore the construction base is removed, the application notes.

The area will be fenced and screened from Fryer Street and neighbouring properties, while the cricket nets along its southern boundary will remain in use.

Its hours of operation will be 7am to 8pm.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz