13 is­sues iden­ti­fied in quarry de­ci­sion

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An En­vi­ron­ment Court in­terim ruling has put Fletcher Res­i­den­tial on the back foot over plans to de­velop a $1.2 bil­lion dol­lar es­tate at Three Kings Quarry in Auck­land.

The court has heard an ap­peal over a plan that would al­low Fletcher’s to build up to 1500 dwellings in the for­mer quarry be­tween the sub­urbs of Mt Roskill and Royal Oak.

The court out­lined 13 is­sues, in­clud­ing land con­tour­ing, pro­tec­tion of vol­canic fea­tures, build­ing form is­sues and min­i­mum dwelling sizes that Fletcher’s must ad­dress.

The ap­peal was brought by South Ep­som Plan­ning Group and Three Kings United Group.

The two community groups, along with Auck­land Coun­cil and other par­ties will now need to give com­ment on the in­terim de­ci­sion be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the plan is made. Fletcher Res­i­den­tial is ex­cluded from this stage.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board Three Kings is­sues port­fo­lio holder Harry Doig says he sees the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the is­sues as vin­di­ca­tion for the community.

‘‘Fletcher wants to build 1500 dwellings and the community has in­stinc­tively felt it was far too many.

‘‘So we are very pleased to see the En­vi­ron­ment Court’s rec­om­men­da­tion that a more ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber is be­tween 800 and 1200 dwellings.’’

The ap­peal was brought against Auck­land Coun­cil and the Crown who wanted to swap 6.5ha of re­serve land to Fletcher’s for res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment.

The deal in­cluded al­low­ing Fletcher’s to re­zone 15.1ha of land in the for­mer quarry.

Community con­sul­ta­tion on the $1.2 bil­lion rede­vel­op­ment be­gan in 2008 but has been fraught with fric­tion and dis­sent.

Three Kings res­i­dents groups lodged an ap­peal in Jan­uary 2016.

A month later En­vi­ron­ment and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Dr Nick Smith an­nounced he op­posed the ap­peal.

At the time of the an­nounce­ment Smith said he was tak­ing the un­usual step of join­ing the le­gal stoush, along­side Auck­land Coun­cil, be­cause of the ‘‘size and the sig­nif­i­cance of the pro­ject’’.

‘‘And to make a firm stand in favour of these sorts of plan changes that are needed to ad­dress Auck­land’s growth and hous­ing prob­lems.’’

Fletcher Build­ing hous­ing chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Steve Evans was not avail­able for com­ment.

FAIR­FAX NZ.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board Three Kings is­sues port­fo­lio holder Harry Doig says the community’s con­cerns have been vin­di­cated.

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