Given Auckland City Council’s poor past record of displaying open contempt for any historic housing or worthwhile district plan regulations, I find it absolutely amazing that it now wants its ratepaying public to rally to its own cause – given its own Plan Change 163 should have always been extremely robust to withstand any form of “legal challenges” to same.
The sad, pertinent fact is that residential 2 properties are part and parcel of what actually is our unique Auckland city makeup. Nobody ever shuld have any right to challenge what is ongoing heritage.
We look to this council for definitive leadership, not a buckling down of a legal challenge by three “legal eagles”.
It seems strange that the same council requires resource consent processes (read revenue) for almost any improvement to your private property, but doesn’t require itself to go through the formal “endurance test” it puts the private home dweller through.
All areas need to have both rigorous and also vigorous planning control, otherwise all the district plan is further able to be legally challenged by any group or irate persons at any time.
Continual mere lip service to what is heritage and historic characteristics of whole streets homes by this council and its mayor are all simply appalling. DR PETER BOYS
Heritage campaigners: Mt Albert Historic Society chairwoman Mary Inomata, left, and Eden Albert Community Board member Pauline Anderson are among those fighting to keep heritage houses protected.