Sub­di­vi­sion in Whit­ford gets the nod

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - IMOGEN NEALE

A sub­di­vi­sion near a pop­u­lar lo­cal beach has been given the green light.

The Auck­land Coun­cil has granted Arylies Park­lands Ltd con­sent to sub­di­vide around 150 acres on Whit­ford’s Clifton Road penin­su­lar.

The sub­di­vi­sion sees the land split into 13 coun­try­side liv­ing sec­tions with other sites set aside for an es­planade, a 45-acre wet­lands and the ac­claimed Arylies Gar­dens. Some of the sec­tions are close to Clifton Road beach and a De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion site.

Forest and Bird cam­paigned to have the con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion pub­licly no­ti­fied as the es­tu­ary is home to birds in­clud­ing the en­dan­gered New Zealand dot­terel.

A post on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Face­book page at­tracted more than 100 com­ments with a ma­jor­ity op­pos­ing the sub­di­vi­sion due to its potential en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal im­pact.

How­ever, the sub­di­vi­sion was not pub­licly no­ti­fied as the coun­cil de­cided it would not have more than a minor ad­verse ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment.

A covenant pro­hibit­ing cat own­er­ship will be placed on the sec­tions clos­est to the beach.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON / STUFF FILE

The last sur­viv­ing free roam­ing pea­cock in Dan­nemora was also known as Mr Pe­abody.

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