Upset neighbours shut out over depot plan
A family fighting a Clear Harbour Alliance site depot metres from their home are angry at being shut out of the decision process.
The Morningside residents weren’t told about the resource consent application, despite earlier being consulted as an affected party.
Virginia Bishop was dismayed to find the addition of three metres of landscaping means neighbours are no longer considered to be affected.
“Our concern now is about the integrity of the process,” she says.
“They’ve come to us as an affected party and now they’re saying we’re not affected.”
The Bishops had earlier objected to Clear Harbour Alliance’s plan to put a depot next to their Altham Ave home.
But when plans were changed to include a sixmetre landscaped buffer, three metres more than originally planned, consent from neighbours was no longer needed.
Mrs Bishop, the mother of two preschool children, says the change doesn’t relieve their worries.
“We’re concerned about increased traffic flow, dust from the aggregate being loaded and unloaded, and vibration from heavy equipment.
“Even on the weekends we won’t get a respite.”
Clear Harbour Alliance is a partnership between Auckland City Councilowned Metrowater and private companies. It is carrying out a three-year programme to separate sewers from stormwater drains in Kingsland and Eden Terrace.
The proposed depot would include offices, parking and bays for storing aggregate. It is in a business zone and borders a residential zone.
Clear Harbour Alliance project manager Bernard Hough says the Bishops “need have no concern”.
Workers will meet council restrictions on traffic volume, noise and hours of operation, and build a soundproof fence to block noise.
“There shouldn’t be any issue for the Bishops,” he says.
“We certainly won’t be disturbing them any more than the bylaws will allow us to.”
Council planning team leader Paul Arnesen says the depot needs resource consent because it’s so close to a residential zone.
But with the six-metre buffer zone, there’s no requirement to consult or notify neighbours.
He says that doesn’t mean their views will be ignored.
“We’ve certainly got plenty of letters,” he says.
“In making a decision we will consider the effects on the adjoining neighbours, but they don’t get involved in the process by way of written approval.”
The planning team’s recommendation will be referred to an independent commissioner, who is likely to make a decision this week.
Depot dispute: Morningside resident Virginia Bishop, with daughter Mia, says she’s been shut out of plans for a site depot next door.