Residents fight Flaxmere village plan
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.