Residents give up the fight
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.