House go­ing into One­tangi cliff

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ROSE DAVIS

Con­tro­ver­sial plans to ex­ca­vate a cliff at One­tangi Beach to build a house have gained con­sent.

An Auck­land Coun­cil hear­ing panel has granted re­source con­sent for An­dre ter Hu­urne and Erica Sch­midt Viles to build a house into the cliff on The Strand.

Nine­teen ob­jec­tions were made to the ap­pli­ca­tion to build the house, while one neu­tral sub­mis­sion and one in sup­port were filed.

About 980 square me­tres of rock will be re­moved from the foot of the cliff to build the two­s­torey house.

Wai­heke Lo­cal Board chair­per­son Paul Walden and mem­ber Shirin Brown both lodged sub­mis­sions call­ing for the ap­pli­ca­tion to be de­clined.

Many ob­jec­tors raised con­cerns about ex­plo­sives blast­ing the cliff, but the coun­cil panel ruled that no blast­ing can take place.

Fears were ex­pressed that the ex­ca­va­tion could in­crease the dan­ger of the cliff col­laps­ing and di­min­ish the beauty of the nat­u­ral land­scape.

How­ever, the panel de­cided there will be ‘‘lit­tle if any risk of in­sta­bil­ity’’ if ex­ca­va­tion con­di­tions are met.

While the house would nor­mally be re­quired to be set back four me­tres from the front boundary, the 35.8 me­tre long house will go right up to the boundary.

The panel de­cided al­though the house is close to the boundary on the beach­front, it would not de­tract from the vis­ual amenity of the area.

The pres­ence of an his­tor­i­cal pa, ter­races and pits on the prop­erty, which ex­tends up to 27a and 27b Pah Road, raised fur­ther con- cerns for those who lodged ob­jec­tions.

The panel found that the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal fea­tures are well away from the pro­posed build­ing plat­form and would not be dam­aged by the build­ing works.

About 20 pine trees will be re­moved and a five me­tre high cut in the cliff will be cov­ered with mesh to im­prove sta­bil­ity.

Con­di­tions have been im­posed so the noise of rock break­ing and ex­ca­va­tion does not cause a nui­sance for beach users.

No works will be al­lowed in the peak sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod from De­cem­ber 15 to Fe­bru­ary 7.

Two por­taloos will be pro­vided by the prop­erty own­ers while rock break­ing is be­ing car­ried out, so peo­ple can avoid ex­ces­sive noise lev­els in the public toi­lets next door to the site.

The beach­front site where the cliff will be ex­ca­vated to build a house. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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