Ballast Lane basements okay with council
Mt Albert residents suspicious of illegal dwellings in shop basements along Ballast Lane need no longer be concerned.
The Auckland City Council has given the lane the all clear after investigating the situation.
Incident management team leader Christopher Horan says investigations into people living in the basements and the carparking shortfalls it causes have raised no concerns.
“Officers did go through and have a look at the properties and what they identified was that there was no breach of the district plan rules.
“With these situations there was a historical flat and the other units are of a commercial nature and do not require resource consent.”
Mr Horan says because the area is zoned business two un- der the district plan, it allows for residential units in an existing building.
But Mt Albert Residents Association spokeswoman Mary Inomata says she finds the council’s conclusion hard to accept.
“I understand it would be beneficial to have people living there properly and legally for security reasons but I still think it’s wrong, in terms of health and safety require- ments,” she says. “When they were originally built the area below was for carparking.
“If those were once designated carparks, and there are people living there, how is this meeting health sanitation levels?”
The group raised concerns about the use of the service lane, located behind the shops at 911 to 945 New North Rd, when it was legally named in February last year.