One­hunga loses ‘iconic’ Ed­war­dian villa

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGERALD

A group of Auck­land res­i­dents is dis­ap­pointed their ef­forts to stop a 113-year-old Ed­war­dian villa be­ing re­moved from their neigh­bour­hood has failed.

The 1200sqm sec­tion at 184 Arthur St in One­hunga was sold in Septem­ber to DPP In­vest­ments di­rec­tor Di­neshb­hai Pa­tel.

Its three bed­room, two bath­room, 175sqm home was then sold to a buyer in Devon­port and was re­moved last week to be re­lo­cated across the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

Auck­land Coun­cil said the prop­erty owner did not need a re­source con­sent to re­move the house from the site.

The prop­erty owner Di­neshb­hai Pa­tel was con­tacted but de­clined to com­ment.

He­len Bary, who had lived across the road for 30 years, said it was dis­ap­point­ing to see such a ‘‘won­der­ful and iconic’’ One­hunga home gone.

‘‘It is his­tory that can never be re­placed - the only con­so­la­tion is the de­vel­oper didn’t knock the loved home down,’’ Bary said.

The villa was loaded onto a truck at 11.30pm, watched on by many lo­cals, she said.

‘‘The lovely home was taken down the street tear­ing tree branches away as the house knocked into them,’’ Bary said.

Arthur St res­i­dent Alex Young said the house was cut into two sec­tions and the roof was re­moved be­fore it was re­lo­cated.

In De­cem­ber Young wrote to Auck­land Coun­cil on be­half of a group of One­hunga res­i­dents, ex­press­ing con­cerns about the pro­posed re­moval.

In Jan­uary coun­cil con­firmed with Young that there was no re­stric­tion on re­de­vel­op­ment in One­hunga’s Arthur St, due to a pre-1944 build­ing pro­tec­tion clause be­ing ex­cluded from Auck­land’s Uni­tary Plan.

Un­der the Auck­land Uni­tary Plan the house was not sub­ject to any her­itage pro­tec­tion.

The prop­erty was within the Uni­tary Plan’s ter­raced hous­ing and apart­ment build­ing zone, which pro­vides for more in­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment.

Pro­fes­sor Ralph Ste­wart and Fiona North bought the villa for their Devon­port prop­erty.

‘‘The re­al­ity is the de­vel­oper bought the One­hunga prop­erty and didn’t want the house, North said.

She said she valued the house for it’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage and would re­store and pre­serve it.

It is not known what is planned for the Al­bert St prop­erty now that it is va­cant.

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The Ed­war­dian villa head­ing to a site in Devon­port on Auck­land’s North Shore.

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