Meet­ing to dis­cuss Three Kings Quarry

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - HUGH COLLINS

De­vel­op­ment plans at the Three Kings Quarry are sit­ting sus­pended.

At present there are two de­ci­sions which af­fect con­struc­tion at the for­mer quarry site be­tween Mt Roskill and Royal Oak.

These two de­ci­sions will be dis­cussed in a meet­ing on Septem­ber 13 hosted by Greg McKe­own of Three Kings Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Harry Doig of the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board.

The first de­ci­sion re­gards an En­vi­ron­ment Court in­terim rul­ing made at the end of July.

The rul­ing es­sen­tially put the site’s de­vel­oper Fletcher Res­i­den­tial on the back foot over its plans to de­velop a $1.2 bil­lion hous­ing estate on the site.

This oc­curred af­ter an ap­peal was brought for­ward to the En­vi­ron­ment Court by the South Ep­som Plan­ning Group and Three Kings United Group over plans that would al­low Fletcher to build up to 1500 dwellings.

Af­ter a 10 day hear­ing the court out­lined 13 is­sues Fletcher must ad­dress be­fore con­tin­u­ing con­struc­tion with its orig­i­nal plan.

How­ever McKe­own says Auck­land Coun­cil has now adopted Fletcher’s plans for the quarry into the Auck­land Uni­tary Plan without con­sid­er­ing any of the En­vi­ron­ment Court rul­ings.

He says this means Fletcher has ap­plied for the same plan two ways, one be­ing the orig­i­nal ‘‘pri­vate plan’’ which went through the En­vi­ron­ment Court. The other be­ing un­der the Pro­posed Auck­land Uni­tary Plan.

‘‘The coun­cil’s po­si­tion now is ‘well we ap­pre­ci­ate that it’s still go­ing in the En­vi­ron­ment Court un­der the plan change, but that was un­der the old rules of coun­cil’.’’

McKe­own says as a re­sult the coun­cil has said the Uni­tary Plan is what now mat­ters, not the orig­i­nal pri­vate plan which went through the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

Fletcher Build­ing hous­ing chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Steve Evans says the judge at the En­vi­ron­ment Court is­sued an in­terim rul­ing ask­ing for all par- ties to re­spond and col­lab­o­rate fur­ther. ’’There are el­e­ments of this in­terim de­ci­sion which we agree with and will take for­ward. This in­cludes is­sues such as mod­i­fy­ing the hous­ing at the eastern edge of the maunga.’’

He says Fletcher does not in­tend to com­pletely dis­re­gard the in­terim de­ci­sion.

The pub­lic meet­ing hosted by McKe­own and Doig will dis­cuss the ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween the two de­ci­sions on Tues­day, Septem­ber 13 at 7.30pm at Three Kings Pri­mary School.

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The two de­ci­sions on the de­vel­op­ment at the Three Kings Quarry will be dis­cussed in a meet­ing on Septem­ber 13

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