Plan changes ‘for the bet­ter’

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

CHANGES be­ing made to the Uni­tary Plan af­ter con­sul­ta­tion should al­lay the worst fears of Mt Eden res­i­dents, Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says.

He says the con­sul­ta­tion process in which hun­dreds of Mt Eden res­i­dents voiced con­cerns over height lim­its, view shafts and her­itage pro­tec­tion have been suc­cess­ful in forc­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes to the pro­posed fu­ture of the sub­urb.

‘‘There are changes be­ing made for the bet­ter,’’ he says.

‘‘All along [deputy mayor] Penny Hulse said ‘we’ll lis­ten and make changes’ and has been con­sis­tent from the very start.

‘‘It’s not a back track, we are just do­ing what we said we would.’’

Mr Haynes says the changes are still be­ing worked through and he couldn’t go into de­tail about what the fi­nal out­come will be.

But he says work is be­ing done around how the dif­fer- ent hous­ing types – mixed, ter­raced and sin­gle – will be im­ple­mented.

Changes will al­low for a ‘‘more nu­anced’’ ap­pli­ca­tion of the dif­fer­ent hous­ing types.

‘‘No­body in a sin­gle storey house will have three storeys loom­ing up be­side them,’’ he says.

‘‘Plan­ners are also now look­ing at what was pro­posed for ter­raced hous­ing and apart­ments.’’

Mr Haynes says work is also be­ing done to pro­tect vol­canic view shafts and her­itage val­ues. He says Mt Eden res­i­dents should have rea­sons to be cheer­ful when the re­view process is com­plete.

‘‘Whether or not they get all that they want I can’t de­ter­mine but they will be no worse off than now I don’t think.

‘‘It de­pends ment.’’

An area of Bal­moral South and San­dring­ham has al­ready had a her­itage as­sess­ment which the lo­cal board paid for.

As a re­sult



of that the board will be nom­i­nat­ing streets for con­ser­va­tion sta­tus and some build­ings for sched­ul­ing.

He says as­sess­ments of other ar­eas will fol­low and he has ‘‘ev­ery con­fi­dence of­fi­cers who do the as­sess­ments will do a pro­fes­sional job’’ based on the Bal­moral South ex­pe­ri­ence.

Over­all Mr Haynes says the uni­tary plan process has been good for the com­mu­nity, which was one of the most vo­cif­er­ous in Auck­land.

‘‘I think the con­sul­ta­tion has paid off.’’

Peter Haynes: Rea­sons to be cheer­ful.

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