The need for a Naval Point Development Plan was first identified through the Lyttelton Master Plan 2012 and again in the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan 2015.
After a lot of discussion with key stakeholders and users of the site, two development options(external link) were consulted on in July 2019 – with one clearly preferred by the community based on submissions received.
The preferred option (Option 2), which proposes Council acquiring a 1.2 hectare piece of land to give the site better configuration for development, is now being refined and is the basis for the Draft Naval Point Development Plan. The community will be able to have their say on the draft plan during 2020, when it goes out for public consultation.
Staff are currently preparing the draft plan and continuing with further investigations relating to Naval Point, including a possible location of a haul-out area for Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour that will provide positive environmental outcomes in line with the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour Plan(external link).
They are also continuing to look at how additional land needed for the development could be acquired, what can be done to improve marine safety and having ongoing discussions with the Lyttelton Sea Scout Group about the location of their den house.
Staff are taking into consideration access to the site and the bulk liquid storage tanks located nearby when creating the draft plan and what the final configuration of Naval Point will be.
Who we're talking to
Naval Point and Magazine Bay is the home to Naval Point Club Lyttelton, Coastguard Canterbury, public boating facilities and a range of other community-based organisations.
The site is also used by many other recreational water sports including powerboats, trailer sailors, dinghies, windsurfers, wakas, stand up paddle boarders and swimmers and is significant to Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, mana whenua for the area.
The Council has been talking to these different groups gathering information for the preparation of the draft development plan. These groups, and the wider public, will be able to give feedback on the plan when it goes out for community consultation in 2020.