Wait for quarry de­ci­sion

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

THE shape and form that 1500 new Auck­land homes will take is inch­ing closer.

Fletcher Build­ing’s mas­ter­plan to de­velop the Three Kings Quarry was be­fore in­de­pen­dent plan­ning com­mis­sion­ers this week.

The hear­ing fo­cused on one of the com­pany’s two pri­vate plan ap­pli­ca­tions.

Plan mod­i­fi­ca­tion 372 in­cludes land cur­rently owned by Auck­land Coun­cil and the Crown, re­sult­ing in a land swap. The viability of this is be­ing as­sessed by Auck­land Coun­cil.

If the pro­posal re­ceives the green light from the com­mis­sion­ers then three mains ar­eas, in­clud­ing the quarry, would be re­zoned to res­i­den­tial, open space and busi­ness.

The panel de­lib­er­at­ing.

Fletcher Build­ing’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for hous­ing Steve Evans says the de­ci­sion will sim­ply be putting ‘‘more paint on the art­work’’ and won’t bring things to an end.

If ap­peals are lodged the path for­ward could be drawn out, Evans says.

‘‘We all wait with bated breath for the com­mis­sion­ers to make a de­ci­sion.’’

Both plans in­volve three to four-storey apart­ments, multi-level ter­race homes and 10-storey cas­cad­ing apart­ments set against the slope of the com­pany’s 15.2ha quarry site.

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The ap­pli­ca­tion was no­ti­fied in late 2015 and reno­ti­fied in Jan­uary of this year, with 191 sub­mis­sions re­ceived.

Mem­bers of the Three Kings com­mu­nity have long been at odds with Fletcher Build­ing over devel­op­ment of the quarry.

Dom­i­nat­ing the heated re­la­tion­ship is con­cern over the level the quarry will be filled to. En­vi­roWaste lodged an ap­peal to the En­vi­ron­ment Court in 2011, al­low­ing sev­eral com­mu­nity groups to form a court case against Win­stone Ag­gre­gates, a sub­sidiary of Fletcher Build­ing.

The com­pany got ap­proval to fill the quarry although con­di­tions and con­tours were de­fined.

Both the South Ep­som Plan­ning Group and Three Kings United Group sub­mit­ted at the hear­ing this week.

Ar­chi­tect and land­scape ar­chi­tect Richard Reid spoke at the re­quest of the com­mu­nity groups.

He was in­flu­en­tial in Welling­ton City Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to in­ves­ti­gate other op­tions for the con­tro­ver­sial Basin Re­serve fly­over in 2012.

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the com­mis­sion­ers fill­ing the quarry to 15 me­tres be­low Mt Eden Rd would ‘‘fun­da­men­tally com­pro­mise the devel­op­ment’’.

The com­pany has also carved off a spe­cial hous­ing area to fast-track devel­op­ment. Fletchers re­quested to de­fer the plan mod­i­fi­ca­tion, 373, which would see the com­pany only de­velop its land.

In­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers are de­lib­er­at­ing over the Fletcher pri­vate plan ap­pli­ca­tion which will im­pact the devel­op­ment of the Three Kings Quarry.

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