Res­i­dents fight Flaxmere vil­lage plan

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DRE CHUMKO

A pe­ti­tion signed by more than 100 res­i­dents op­pos­ing a vil­lage de­vel­op­ment in Flaxmere has been pre­sented to Hast­ings District Coun­cil.

At the coun­cil’s first full meet­ing of the year on Thurs­day, coun­cil­lors ac­knowl­edged the pe­ti­tion and ac­com­pa­ny­ing let­ter de­liv­ered by Kirk­wood Rd res­i­dents Barry and Wendy Cooze.

The let­ter claimed res­i­dents had been ‘‘mis­led’’ about the pro­posed Wainga¯kau Vil­lage project, which the coun­cil last year agreed to sup­port.

‘‘We were un­der the im­pres­sion that the sec­tions be­yond the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment would be built un­der the same covenants ap­plied to the ex­ist­ing sec­tions, in­clud­ing min­i­mum dwelling size, in­te­grated garages and in­ter­nal bound­ary fenc­ing.’’

Seventy-six co-hous­ing houses and 44 stan­dard houses are to be built on 15.5 hectares of va­cant land be­tween Bos­ton Cres­cent and Kirk­wood Rd.

Pric­ing was ex­pected to be be­tween $140,000 and $375,000, with af­ford­able paths of­fered to help peo­ple se­cure res­i­dences.

‘‘We re­quest that any fu­ture de­vel­op­ment un­der­taken by the Hast­ings District Coun­cil on the land ad­ja­cent to Kirk­wood Rd ad­here to the covenants that we, the cur­rent res­i­dents, were led to be­lieve was to ap­ply to both Kirk­wood Rd and the ad­ja­cent land,’’ the let­ter said.

‘‘It was this un­der­stand­ing that was a ma­jor fac­tor in our de­ci­sion to pur­chase land in Kirk­wood Rd.

‘‘We pri­mar­ily be­lieve we were mis­led, or at min­i­mum should have been fore­warned of the pro­posed co-hous­ing de­vel­op­ment be­ing planned by the Hast­ings District Coun­cil and [Ma¯ori au­thor­ity] Te Tai­whenua o Here­taunga.’’

The pe­ti­tion­ers wanted land ad­join­ing Kirk­wood Rd to be made pub­licly avail­able for pur­chase and de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘We the un­der­signed seek the prompt re­lease for the sale of the afore­men­tioned sec­tions to the wider com­mu­nity, thereby al­low­ing a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent stan­dard of de­vel­op­ment as seen in Kirk­wood Rd.’’

One hun­dred and eigh­teen peo­ple signed the pe­ti­tion but some didn’t provide­full de­tails.

Hast­ings Mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst thanked the pe­ti­tion­ers. The Coozes were in­vited to speak to the pe­ti­tion at a Fe­bru­ary 22 meet­ing.


On Oc­to­ber 26, coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted in favour of sup­port­ing the pro­posal of Wainga¯kau Vil­lage.

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