Res­i­dents give up the fight

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Res­i­dents fight­ing to stop a new Hous­ing New Zealand de­vel­op­ment on St Lukes Rd have called it quits.

Af­ter go­ing through the En­vi­ron­ment Court’s me­di­a­tion process, the St Lukes res­i­dents group has aban­doned op­po­si­tion to the 60-unit de­vel­op­ment in court.

“It got to the stage where you re­alise you’re up against it,” says spokesman Tony Mayes.

He says the group spent around $10,000 on me­di­a­tion, while go­ing to court would cost sig­nif­i­cantly more, without guar­an­tee of suc­cess.

The res­i­dents did win some con­ces­sions, in­clud­ing hav­ing a wooden fence built around the site.

Traf­fic is­lands will also be in­stalled to con­trol the speed of cars on a pri­vate road through the com­plex be­tween St Lukes and New North roads.

Ac­cess from St Lukes Rd will be re­stricted to ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing two HNZ houses, sev­eral pri­vate prop­er­ties and a church carpark. The prop­er­ties and carpark are lo­cated near the beginning of the pri­vate road.

But Mr Mayes says res­i­dents are not con­vinced traf­fic is­lands will be enough to stop peo­ple us- ing the com­plex as a thor­ough­fare.

They are also con­cerned about the size of the com­plex, with 24 two-bed­room units set aside for pen­sion­ers and 36 larger units for fam­i­lies, in what is al­ready a busy area.

“You could have 300 peo­ple liv­ing there. There’s not much room and the mix of chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple doesn’t work,” Mr Mayes says.

HNZ act­ing cen­tral Auck­land re­gional man­ager Wahid Ahmed says they are pleased a res­o­lu­tion has been reached.

Construction is ex­pected to be­gin at the end of the month.

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