Cathe­dral still fight­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Con­cerns about a pro­posed apart­ment block’s ef­fect on St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral will be dis­cussed as the re­source con­sent hear­ing re­sumes this week.

The planned Saf­fron Apart­ment block on Al­bert St would tower over the cathe­dral and St Pa­trick’s Square be­hind it on Wyn­d­ham St.

A con­sent hear­ing in April was ad­journed so de­vel­oper Sanc­tu­ary Group could make amend­ments in re­sponse to con­cerns about the ef­fect of ve­hi­cle traf­fic on St Pa­trick’s Square. Sanc­tu­ary’s mod­i­fied pro­posal has scrapped the park­ing en­trance on St Pa­trick’s Square, mov­ing it to Al­bert St.

But the cathe­dral is still con­cerned the construction of an un­der­ground carpark poses a threat to the cathe­dral, a cat­e­gory one her­itage build­ing.

A geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neer work­ing on be­half of the cathe­dral says the risk to the build­ing’s foun­da­tions is sig­nif­i­cant.

Cathe­dral staff are also con­cerned about the ef­fects an apart­ment block would have on the quiet “oa­sis of peace” in St Pa­trick’s Square.

Cathe­dral busi­ness man­ager Kevin Sher­lock said last month they would con­tinue to fight the pro­posal.

There are eight sub­mis­sions to the mod­i­fied pro­posal, six op­pos­ing, one neu­tral and one in sup­port of the de­vel­op­ment.

Other is­sues raised in sub­mis­sions in­cluded the po­ten­tial dam­age to Al­bert St apart­ments, the im­pact on the na­ture of St Pa­trick’s Square and the ad­verse ef­fects on the ad­ja­cent her­itage build­ings.

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