Uni­tary Plan ap­pealed

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - NICOLE LAWTON AND TOM CARNEGIE

The Char­ac­ter Coali­tion is ap­peal­ing the Uni­tary Plan in a bid to have zon­ing rules changed that cover ar­eas of east and cen­tral Auck­land.

The plan is the city’s blue­print for fu­ture growth and will re­place ex­ist­ing dis­trict and re­gional plans.

Over 20 trusts, com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als ap­pealed the plan in the High Court and En­vi­ron­ment Court in the weeks lead­ing up to Septem­ber 19.

The Char­ac­ter Coali­tion lodged an ap­peal with the High Court over late zon­ing changes that were made with­out pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Coali­tion con­venor Sally Hughes says these changes could put old char­ac­ter homes at risk for no demon­stra­ble ben­e­fit.

‘‘The Uni­tary Plan process al­lows for this ap­peal and it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant the plan­ners look again at a small num­ber of ar­eas … once the char­ac­ter homes in these sub­urbs are gone, they are gone for­ever.’’

Hughes says the coali­tion rep­re­sents 66 groups from Wark­worth to Pukekohe.

‘‘In some of the af­fected streets, like Fran­cis St in Grey Lynn, houses date back to the early 1900s. Oth­ers in West­mere con­tain noted 1920s bun­ga­lows. In Grey Street, One­hunga there are im­por­tant turn-ofthe-cen­tury vil­las that add greatly to the sub­urb’s char­ac­ter.’’

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