Car park may clash with her­itage

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

A church with an al­ready un­pop­u­lar plan to ex­pand its car park is be­ing asked not to risk a piece of his­tory.

The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints in San­dring­ham is seek­ing con­sent from the Auck­land Coun­cil to turn two neigh­bour­ing properties it owns on Calgary St into a 52 space car park to ac­com­mo­date its grow­ing con­gre­ga­tion.

The church says it is build­ing the car park to be a good neigh­bour and avoid dis­rup­tion caused by parish­ioners park­ing on the road.

Neigh­bours are call­ing the po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment a ‘‘to­tal eye­sore’’ that would bring noise, se­cu­rity and traf­fic is­sues. ( Cen­tral Leader, page 1, July 10).

Now Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes is ask­ing the church to think care­fully about the move which would mean de­mol­ish­ing two houses built in the early 1900s cur­rently on the sec­tions.

The area around Bal­moral South and San­dring­ham is be­ing con­sid­ered for in­clu­sion as a his­toric char­ac­ter area un­der the Draft Auck­land Uni­tary Plan.

The board has spent $150,000 on an up-close her­itage as­sess­ment of the area and will be press­ing for it to be in­cluded.

One­hunga, Otahuhu, Par­nell and Man­gere are also be­ing as­sessed.

All the sub­urbs have ar­eas set­tled prior to 1944, but are not pro­tected zones in the cur­rent dis­trict plans.

The rule would place re­stric­tions on build­ings be­ing al­tered or de­mol­ished.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions so far have found Calgary St and nearby Halesowen St have ‘‘ex­cep­tional char­ac­ter’’, he says.

‘‘I don’t think that the church com­mu­nity are fully aware of what de­mol­ish­ing those houses means.

‘‘Re­plac­ing th­ese houses with a car park could erode the char­ac­ter of the street to the point where its unique qual­ity is lost for­ever.

‘‘It’s true the houses aren’t great ex­am­ples of bun­ga­lows of the pe­riod, and one has been sig­nif­i­cantly al­tered. But they are part of a largely in­tact streetscape of char­ac­ter houses of that pe­riod which, taken as a whole, is quite out­stand­ing, ac­cord­ing to ex­pert opin­ion.

‘‘There must be other so­lu­tions to the church­go­ers need for car parks that could be looked at be­fore the houses are re­moved.’’

Church spokesman An­thony Wil­son says he wasn’t aware of the plans to in­clude the sub­urb as a his­toric char­ac­ter area and will be dis­cussing it with other church lead­ers.

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