Res­i­dents con­cerned

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Have­lock North res­i­dents are con­cerned about the ef­fect 400 new houses could have on their com­mu­nity.

It was an­nounced last Thurs­day that a plan to re­zone an area off Iona Rd and Breadal­bane Ave for res­i­den­tial use had been ap­proved by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter David Parker.

The plan could see more than 390 houses built on the western side of the sub­urb.

Res­i­dent Juliet Cot­trell said they were un­aware of the ex­ten­sive na­ture of the plan when they bought their prop­erty.

“When we pur­chased here we knew there was some pro­posed hous­ing pos­si­bly go­ing to go on down the road, but we had no idea the ex­tent of what is be­ing pro­posed.”

She was con­cerned about the po­ten­tial im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The other con­cern is na­tive birds and trees around the area. The en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact is go­ing to be quite se­vere.”

An­other res­i­dent, Re­becca Huckle, said she thought the area was not the right space to de­velop in.

“There’s no ameni­ties on this side of town.

“There’s one pri­mary school, and ob­vi­ously two se­condary board­ing schools, but any chil­dren who live there will have to go clear across Have­lock to ei­ther Have­lock Pri­mary, Te Mata, and also the high school, which is just burst­ing at the seams.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son said the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion had ad­vised the growth at Iona can be ac­com­mo­dated within the ex­ist­ing school net­work.

Deputy prin­ci­pal of Have­lock North High School, Joel Wilton, said the school was aware the detri­men­tal ef­fect in­creas­ing the roll could have if not well planned.

They were in the early stages of work­ing on an en­rol­ment scheme with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to ac­count for roll growth, the like­li­hood be­ing HNHS will be less able to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents from the wider Hast­ings and Napier area.

“Our in­ten­tion is to re­main the school of choice for our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Other con­cerns raised by res­i­dents were the pos­si­ble noise from the build­ing site and added pres­sure on Have­lock North’s roads.

A res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, said there were al­ready is­sues with roads in the area.

“As you come up Porter Drive and turn right into Mid­dle Rd, which will be the main ac­cess into this progress, that’s al­ready get­ting re­ally jammed at that cor­ner.

“I can’t see how you can bring in pos­si­bly 600 ex­tra cars, and there’s space for that.

“From a purely self­ish rea­son for us, it’s go­ing to be at least eight to 10 years of noise, and dust and trac­tors and build­ing homes.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son said there are dis­trict plan noise stan­dards which need to be met, along with New Zealand con­struc­tion noise stan­dards.

“Con­sid­er­a­tion of a traf­fic man­age­ment plan at the time of sub­di­vi­sion is a dis­cre­tionary coun­cil mat­ter in re­sponse to sub­mit­ters’ con­cerns.”

Hast­ings-Have­lock North ward coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Dixon said Have­lock North had a hous­ing short­age, and was pleased the re­zon­ing had been ap­proved.

“It’s much-needed, to be hon­est,” Dixon said.

“There’s been a short­age of res­i­den­tial sec­tions in Have­lock North for about the last three or four years.”

One of the own­ers of the re­zoned land, Andy Lowe, said he was ex­cited to build some­thing for Have­lock North they can be proud of.

The red line out­lines the ar­eas that have been ap­proved for hous­ing.

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