Res­i­dents lose 30-year fight with coun­cil

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A group of Mt Eden res­i­dents have lost a 30-year fight to keep a busi­ness’ back ac­cess closed.

Haultain St was re-zoned in 1984 by Auck­land City Coun­cil, from res­i­den­tial to in­dus­trial while ad­ja­cent street Wrights Spur re­mained res­i­den­tial.

A com­mer­cial build­ing on Haultain St fea­tures a ware­house with a back en­trance on Wrights Spur.

In the 1980s the then Mt Eden Bor­ough Coun­cil cre­ated a re­serve at the back of com­mer­cial build­ing, stop­ping ve­hi­cles from ac­cess­ing the prop­erty from Wrights Spur.

For more than 30 years, res­i­dents in the area have had to fight new ten­ants, own­ers and the coun­cil to main­tain the re­serve af­ter re­peated at­tempts to gain in­dus­trial ac­cess to the ware­house on site.

In the 1980s trees were planted on the re­serve and in 1995 it was for­mally recog­nised by the Auck­land City Isth­mus Plan.

How­ever, in Novem­ber 2016 res­i­dents’ bat­tle to save the re­serve was lost af­ter Auck­land Coun­cil granted re­source con­sent with­out no­ti­fi­ca­tion and the trees were cut down in mid-June.

The prop­erty is now for sale and ad­ver­tis­ing dual street ac­cess.

Michael Neill, who has lived on nearby Brent­wood Ave since 1975, said he was frus­trated.

‘‘The coun­cil plan­ners were neg­li­gent in not look­ing at the his­tory of the site and the rea­sons for it be­ing there,’’ he said.

Al­bert Eden lo­cal board chair Peter Haynes said he was ‘‘gut­ted’’ by Auck­land Coun­cil’s ac­tions.

‘‘Chang­ing this quiet res­i­den­tial street into a thor­ough­fare for trucks with­out telling any­one is a slap in the face for both the lo­cal board and the neigh­bours,’’ Haynes said.

The new re­source con­sent al­lows de­liv­er­ies and col­lec­tions be­tween 7am and 10pm, Mon­day to Satur­day of one per hour. Ac­cess would be lim­ited to 6 me­tre long trucks.

Neill said res­i­dents had been left in the dark.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s cen­tral re­source con­sent­ing man­ager Mark White said un­der the Uni­tary Plan there were no re­stric­tions lim­it­ing ac­cess to the site.

‘‘The ap­pli­ca­tion was not no­ti­fied as the ef­fects were con­sid­ered less than mi­nor.’’

‘‘Chang­ing this quiet res­i­den­tial street into a thor­ough­fare for trucks with­out telling any­one is a slap in the face ...’’

CA­TRIN OWEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Michael Neill, who has lived on Brent­wood Ave since 1975, says res­i­dents have not been con­sulted prop­erly by Auck­land Coun­cil.

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