Bal­last Lane base­ments okay with coun­cil

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

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