Up­set neigh­bours shut out over de­pot plan

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Heather McCracken

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

De­pot dis­pute: Morn­ing­side res­i­dent Vir­ginia Bishop, with daugh­ter Mia, says she’s been shut out of plans for a site de­pot next door.

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