De­vel­op­ment plans con­cern res­i­dents

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

Lynfield res­i­dents are anx­ious about plans for the build­ing of a large re­tire­ment vil­lage.

Ry­man Health­care is await­ing a re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for the con­struc­tion of a vil­lage on their 8.9 hectare Auck­land farm at 20 Trop­i­cana Drive.

The land was bought by Ry­man in July 2014 and is one of the largest un­de­vel­oped blocks of res­i­den­tial land in Auck­land.

Halsey Drive res­i­dent Pe­ter Cod­ding­ton, whose back view looks across to the prop­erty, says the res­i­dents’ main con­cern is the height at which Ry­man wish to con­struct the vil­lage.

He says project plans state build­ings will go as high as six floors, a clear breach of the coun­cil’s per­mit­ted height of 8 me­tres in the prop­er­ties’ res­i­den­tial zon­ing. ’’At one point their ad­min block is 11 me­tres over that eight so that’s not in­sub­stan­tial, it’s quite a ma­jor dif­fer­ence to height.’’

Cod­ding­ton says it ap­pears Ry­man is ask­ing to have dis­pen­sa­tion to go over and above the height pre­scribed in the zon­ing rule as cur­rently ap­plies to the land.

‘‘Now I think what we are say­ing here to coun­cil is ap­ply your zon­ing re­stric­tions, be­cause if you do that the height of the build­ing will not be as im­pos­ing, and that’s prob­a­bly the num­ber one thing, is go­ing over and above the height.’’

Ry­man cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager David King says build­ings across the site ranges in height.

‘‘Which is why the coun­cil has no­ti­fied the project to con­sider the ef­fects of the pro­posal over­all.’’

Ry­man also plan to clear some of the pro­tected Wairaki Stream Re­serve at the base of the prop­erty.

King says a ‘‘small area’’ of trees will need to be re­moved.

‘‘We have com­mis­sioned an ar­borist to as­sess the tree re­moval and he has ad­vised the trees to be re­moved are low qual­ity and the area was over­run with in­va­sive weeds. It is im­por­tant to note this is a small per­cent­age of the trees on site and we are propos­ing an ex­ten­sive tree re­place­ment pro­gramme in ad­di­tion to sig­nif­i­cant land­scap­ing work.’’

For­est and Bird re­gional man­ager Nick Bev­eridge says the res- erve is a Sig­nif­i­cant Eco­log­i­cal Area as de­clared by coun­cil.

‘‘The pro­posal is ac­tu­ally en­croach­ing on to some of the sig­nif­i­cant eco­log­i­cal area as iden­ti­fied in the Auck­land Uni­tary Plan.’’ Sub­mis­sions are open for re­source con­sent and close on Oc­to­ber 4.

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