Developer ploughs on after deluge
The Brookside subdivision in Porirua resembled a lake on November 15, but its developer says it will begin building homes next year.
The 148-home subdivision, on the former bottom nine of the old Duck Creek golf course in Whitby, often floods badly during heavy rain.
After the downpour two weeks ago, during which parts of the suburb were cut off, some residents have questioned the wisdom of building homes on the site.
But Brookside developer Bob Turner said measures would be in place in case of future weather events.
‘‘We’re doing a large amount of work there for many months yet, raising the ground up to four metres higher than what is now. The consent from Porirua City Council and the [Greater Wellington] Regional Council was very detailed and has strict conditions.
‘‘The ground will be stabilised and I’m hoping we can be building homes by mid-next year.’’
Whitby Residents Association chairman Geoff Mowday said while the development site ‘‘looked bad’’ during the recent floods, he and the association committee were comfortable Turner was complying with consent conditions.
‘‘We’re aware there has been monitoring by the councils and we’re just keen that he be allowed to have a fair go and get on with it.
‘‘When people start to see the profile [of Brookside] take shape, they might start to have more of a positive view.’’
Porirua City Council policy, planning and regulatory services general manager James Jefferson said extensive flood modelling had been carried out for Brookside.
Predicted flood flows, sea rises and other storm-related conditions were all taken into account when the consent was given, he said.
Some of the work being carried out on the stream would divert floodwaters into thick grass, reducing the velocity of sediment entering the harbour, Jefferson said.
‘‘Brookside has other benefits too, like avoiding flooding around the Duck Creek sewer pump station.’’
Jefferson said dirty Duck Creek water entering the harbour in the past few weeks could not have been from Brookside as no earthworks had begun until this week.
Duck Creek in Porirua in full flood on November 15. The earthmovers for Brookside can be seen on the left.