Quandary over quarry

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAWLEY By ROSE CAWLEY

WHAT to do with a gap­ing hole in Three Kings has a com­pany and com­mu­nity at odds.

Res­i­dents are wor­ried about Fletcher Build­ing’s plans to de­velop the Three Kings Quarry site.

Res­i­dent Greg McKeown says the main is­sue is the height Fletcher Build­ing plans to re­store the quarry to.

McKeown says an ear­lier plan was to fill the quarry at the level of Mt Eden Rd across to the play­ing fields.

‘‘Now they are go­ing back on that and go­ing in a new di­rec­tion.’’

Fletcher Build­ing re­leased its Three Kings Mas­ter Plan, which ear­marks the site for a de­vel­op­ment of up to 1500 apart­ments, in Fe­bru­ary.

McKeown says in the plan it ap­pears the quarry will be filled to 15m be­low the level of Mt Eden Rd.

‘‘There are go­ing to be four-storey apart­ments on the rim of the quarry and then five or six storeys go­ing down into the quarry.’’

The plan would put pres- Get in quick to have your say on the plan that will shape the fu­ture of Three Kings.

The draft Three Kings Plan, which out­lines the strate­gic di­rec­tion for growth and de­vel­op­ment in the area, has been re­leased by Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board and is open for fi­nal pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion un­til July 11.

The draft puts for­ward five key goals: to en­hance Big King and the pub­lic open spa­ces net­work, re­vi­talise sure on in­fra­struc­ture, in­crease traf­fic con­ges­tion and make pub­lic ac­cess dif­fi­cult, he says.

Fletcher spokesman Philip King says the com­pany wants to cre­ate a vi­brant, sus­tain­able ur­ban vil­lage.

‘‘The mas­ter­plan will set the frame­work for a world class com­mu­nity that Auck­lan­ders will want to live and in­vest in.’’

The ben­e­fits of re­fill­ing the quarry to 15m be­low Mt Eden Rd will be out­lined in the pri­vate plan change ap­pli­ca­tion, King says.

The com­pany has been work­ing with the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board on its Three Kings Plan since early 2013, King says.

‘‘Fletcher is very com­fort­able that its vi­sion aligns with the vast ma­jor­ity of the precinct plan ob­jec­tives.’’

South Ep­som Plan­ning Group pres­i­dent Dick Bel­lamy says Fletch­ers steam­rolled the process by re­leas­ing its own plan months ear­lier.

‘‘In the mid­dle of this they were hav­ing their own con­ver­sa­tions, work­ing on a very de­tailed plan which sab­o­tages any real com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.’’

The over­haul of Three Kings shouldn’t be up to one com­pany, Bel­lamy says.

Res­i­dents need to en­sure their voices are heard through the Three Kings Plan, he says.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board deputy chair­man Harry Doig says both plans have a place in the pur­suit for a bet­ter precinct.

‘‘There is no one party in this that owns all the an­swers. We all have a con­tri­bu­tion to make,’’ Doig says.

Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Un­happy res­i­dents, from left: Greg McKeown, Dick Bel­lamy, Garry Bryant and Alan Bigelow are con­cerned about how Fletcher Build­ing will de­velop the Three Kings Quarry.

End re­sult: An il­lus­tra­tion of Fletcher Build­ing’s plan for the quarry.

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