Build­ing in her­itage zone angers

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‘‘Our per­cep­tions were wrong.’’

Bill Ed­wards

Wai­mate North res­i­dents are call­ing for a large in­dus­trial style shed to be de­mol­ished, say­ing it breaches dis­trict plan spec­i­fi­ca­tions for pro­tect­ing the area’s her­itage.

The struc­ture on Te Ahu Ahu Rd, is lo­cated within Te Wai­mate Her­itage Precinct de­scribed in the Far North Dis­trict Plan as a ‘‘pre­em­i­nent his­toric land­scape of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance’’.

An action group lodged a pe­ti­tion with Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil, se­cur­ing a meeting in May with coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

More than 50 peo­ple have now signed it. Group spokesper­son Paul Field­man says they are now in the process of form­ing an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety.

‘‘The dis­trict plan talks about guard­ing the land­scape and pro­tect­ing his­toric build­ings and land­scapes and a com­mer­cial look­ing in­dus­trial style build­ing is com­pletely in­con­sis­tent with the rest of the zone,’’ he says.

The build­ing does not breach any height and size re­stric­tions spec­i­fied within the dis­trict plan. Con­sents were granted for a shed for ‘‘stor­age pur­poses’’.

Te Wai­mate Her­itage precinct fea­tures Te Wai­mate Mis­sion House, the Old Store from the 1800’s, and New Zealand’s old­est oak tree.

The dis­trict plan says ob­jec­tives for the area are to ‘‘main­tain and en­hance the nat­u­ral char­ac­ter, land­scapes, his­toric her­itage val­ues and park-like vis­tas of the Wai­mate North Zone’’.

Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil spokesper­son Dr Dean My­burgh says the coun­cil con­firms due process un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act and Dis­trict Plan was fol­lowed through­out when grant­ing re­source and build­ing con­sents for the prop­erty.

‘‘The re­source ap­pli­cant un­der­took con­sul­ta­tion with Her­itage New Zealand, which raised no ob­jec­tion to the pro­posal.

‘‘Since the coun­cil has no le­gal power to re­voke the re­source or build­ing con­sents, Wai­mate North res­i­dents have been ad­vised that a ju­di­cial re­view is their only op­tion if they are de­ter­mined to see the build­ing de­mol­ished.’’

Her­itage New Zealand North­land area man­ager Bill Ed­wards says it ‘‘would have raised con­cerns’’ if they had known the pro­posed height of the build­ing.

‘‘We were un­clear on the size of the build­ing from the plans that showed floor area and not the height - the size and scale of the build­ing isn’t in keep­ing with the neigh­bour­ing area. Our per­cep­tions were wrong.’’

The owner of the prop­erty did not re­turn calls for com­ment.

Wai­mate North res­i­dents want to see the build­ing de­mol­ished. The shed un­der con­struc­tion.

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