More thought needed, neigh­bour says

North Shore Times - - IN BUSINESS - ZIZI SPARKS

Hec Stewart doesn’t op­pose the day­care set to be built be­hind his prop­erty, he just wishes more thought had been put into it.

A re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for a 100-child early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre had been ap­proved for the site, with­out any no­ti­fi­ca­tion. Stewart said he didn’t think many neigh­bours knew it had been ap­proved.

Con­sent was granted to the Kae­nan Fam­ily Trust to con­struct and op­er­ate the cen­tre in July 2017. Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil de­ci­sion on no­ti­fi­ca­tion of an ap­pli­ca­tion, the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ceeded with­out no­ti­fi­ca­tion be­cause ‘‘there are no ad­versely af­fected per­sons’’.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is for prop­er­ties on Beach Rd at the south­ern end of Mairangi Bay.

Once com­plete, the day­care will op­er­ate from 7am till 6pm week­days.

Stewart said the scale of the cen­tre wasn’t con­cern­ing, it was the other things, he thought hadn’t been con­sid­ered.

‘‘Park­ing is a real prob­lem here, there’s so lit­tle on the prop­erty,’’ Stewart said. ‘‘The road is re­ally busy in the morn­ings and it’s built near a round­about.

‘‘I don’t think there’s been a lot of thought.‘‘

Stewart was also wor­ried about the trees bor­der­ing a nearby stream, and said the de­ci­sion was an ‘‘un­usual’’ one.

‘‘No mat­ter how much money you have, you can’t go and buy an old tree.’’

Stewart said an ap­pli­ca­tion for

‘‘No mat­ter how much money you have, you can't go and buy an old tree.’’

Hec Stewart

a day­care on the site had pre­vi­ously been dis­cussed in 2016 but this time it hap­pened qui­etly.

‘‘We weren’t given a chance to dis­cuss it and put our cases for­ward.’’

Stewart didn’t think noise from the site would be an is­sue, if the maths had been done cor­rectly. The granted ap­pli­ca­tion out­lined con­di­tions around waste­water and stormwa­ter drainage, traf­fic man­age­ment, and geotech­ni­cal works, and­noise con­trol, earth­works, dust and more. There were also eco­log­i­cal and bio­di­ver­sity con­di­tions re­lated to tree felling and any lizards found on site.

When con­structed, the cen­tre will join a raft of other early ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres in the area.

In the Bays sec­tion of the Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board, there are 21 early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres, which, com­bined, take a max­i­mum of 762 chil­dren.

ZIZI SPARKS/STUFF

Hec Stewart doesn’t think many of his neigh­bours are aware of the plans for the day­care.

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