Chancery Lane Chapel land taken by Government

On the 27th November the New Zealand Government, through the Governor-General, claimed the land that the Holy Cross Chapel in Chancery Lane, Christchurch, stood on.

This land taken by proclamation is to be used for the Convention Centre Precinct.

The Christchurch diocese says this move is not an unexpected development.

It is part of the process which will, among other matters, address compensation.

The Chancery Lane chapel, in the central city area, was destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake.

It was opened by Bishop Joyce at 100 Gloucester Street (Corner of Gloucester Street and Chancery Lane) on December 8, 1958.

Fr Tom Liddy was the first priest priest to minister in the Chapel.

The building was formerly an office block housing NAC (National Airways Corporation).

Bishop Barry Jones still has as an ideal to have a chapel in the inner city in the future redevelopment of the city.

Property may be acquired under Section 55 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

A proclamation to take land must be approved by both the Governor-General and Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, and publicly notified and gazetted, before the land is vested in the Crown on the fourteenth day after the day on which it is gazetted.

Compensation will be based on the market value of the property at the date of the acquisition.

The owner and any other person who suffers a loss in the compulsory acquisition have the right to appear before the Earthquake Recovery Minister or his delegate to make representations on the compensation.

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