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.

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