Gables op­po­nents an­gry at coun­cil

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters -

A de­ci­sion on a mixe­duse de­vel­op­ment on the site of the Gables Tav­ern in Herne Bay is due within weeks.

The ap­peal against the de­ci­sion to de­cline re­source con­sent was heard in the En­vi­ron­ment Court last month.

Res­i­dents fight­ing the bid are an­gry Auck­land City Coun­cil with­drew its op­po­si­tion to the de­vel­op­ment shortly be­fore the hear­ing.

A coun­cil spokesman says the scale of the de­vel­op­ment was re­duced and ex­ter­nal ex­pert wit­nesses were no longer happy to sup­port a po­si­tion against the pro­posal.

Res­i­dents’ group spokes­woman Kate Stan­ton says the coun­cil’s 11th-hour with­drawal left res­i­dents un­able to find their own wit­nesses.

“It cer­tainly weak­ened our side,” she says.

De­vel­op­ers pro­pose to build apart­ments, re­tail and of­fices on the Kel­marna Ave site, but res­i­dents say the build­ing will shade neigh­bour­ing houses and cause traf­fic prob­lems.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected within four weeks.

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