Unitary Plan appealed
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.’’