Residents offered compo
COMPENSATION offers are on the table to homeowners who will lose some sun when Eden Park’s new south stand goes up.
The Eden Park Redevelopment Board has made offers of between $1500 and $5000 to 47 home owners to compensate for the effects of shading from the proposed new stand, which received resource consent last month.
The redevelopment board has been consulting with residents since last year and made cash offers to affected home owners last month.
The compensation offered is based on the cost of a range of improvement measures such as ceiling insulation to counteract lost sunlight.
Some owners have already accepted the offer and the rest have up to six months to decide.
A public meeting will be held tonight for residents to discuss the offers and ask questions.
Mark Darrah is one resident who has already accepted the offer.
He says the mitigation offered is fair and reasonable.
“Eden Park has been there for more than a hundred years and improvements are due again,” he says.
“There will be an impact so it is reasonable to mitigate, but I think it is a reasonable deal that has been offered.”
Connell Wagner consultant engineer Tristan Illich says the worst time for shading will be in mid-winter when the average house will lose 55 to 60 minutes of sunshine a day.
The worst affected in Reimers Ave will lose two hours in the afternoon.
Eden Park redevelopment board chief executive Adam Feeley says the shading has been reduced by 75 per cent from the original design consented by the council.
He says the board has chosen to compensate more homes than it was obligated to.
“We weren’t required to go this far but we wanted to demonstrate tangible evidence that Eden Park is determined to be a good neighbour and we believe this is a fair and equitable solution for local residents,” he says.
Eden Park Residents association president Jose Fowler says he has not yet had much feedback from residents about whether they are happy with the offers.
“I imagine the figure is dependant on how they are affected but it’s between the trust board and the residents and it’s a personal thing as to whether it’s enough.”
Eden Park Neighbours Association president Mark Donnelly says it is difficult to judge how adequate the mitigation offers are.
He says the level of mitigation does not take into account the ongoing costs of some equipment like heat pumps, which will need to be replaced over time.
“We need to have a good technical discussion as people are feeling a bit isolated and don’t know how it has been calculated so the meeting will be helpful.”
Homeowners affected by shading on a proposed east stand will receive a similar offer once the design is confi
The meeting will be from 6.30pm to 8pm tonight in the Eden Park players lounge.
Done deal: Reimers Ave resident Mark Darrah is happy with a cash offer to mitigate the effects of shading from Eden Park’s new south stand.