Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society
 
 
Main Menu
Home
Content
All items
Key Resources
Articles by Topic
Events
Other Coastlines
Human Interest
Photo Gallery
Links
Navigation
Search
Index
Action
Contact / Donate / Join
Comment Page
Sandspit Prints
Secure Login Form





Lost Password?
No account yet? Register
Verse of The Day
“Kia hari tahi me te hunga hari, kia tangi tahi me te hunga tangi.” (Romans 12:15)

Powered by BibleGateway.com
Recent popular items
Tutukaka Coast promo
Home arrow Other Coastlines arrow Bay of Islands arrow High-rise foes delighted
High-rise foes delighted PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0
PoorBest 
Other Coastlines - Bay of Islands
Written by Brigid Lynch, The Northern Advocate   
Monday, 27 November 2006

SO LONG, SKYSCRAPER: Paihia Residents and Ratepayers' Association chairperson Val Cadell and deputy Bill MacLaren hold a 'before' and 'after' sketch of Paihia's proposed 15-storey tower, in front of its Marsden Rd site. The Environment Court this week upheld their appeal to have the building consent ditched. -PICTURE/William Pearce

Opponents of a Paihia high-rise apartment building are delighted the development has been scrapped, after a year-long David-and-Goliath battle between locals and the council.

The Environment Court this week overturned Far North District Council consent for the 15-storey building on Paihia's waterfront, with the judge ruling the environmental effects would be "more than minor".

Objectors said the proposed building would have cast a significant shadow over the town's waterfront. Paihia and Districts Residents and Ratepayers' Association chairperson Val Cadell said the group spent more than $72,000 on the appeal, with the Ministry for the Environment pitching in $34,000.

"Small groups like us with subs of $10 a head would never have done it alone," she said.

When consent was given, the council said the building would not be an eyesore as it would butt up against a high bluff on Marsden Rd, across from Te Tii Beach.

It was the only location in Paihia where a high-rise could be built without blocking views or shadowing neighbours, and was unlikely to set a planning precedent, it said.

Mrs Cadell said that, while her tourist-town committee is not "anti-development", the building was just too big.

A $12,000 artist's impression of the building was key to winning the appeal, she said; the Environment Court has invited them to apply for costs.

The council gave the go-ahead for the building last December, and the ratepayers' association was one of a handful of parties given the chance to make submissions during the appeal period.

Full story...
Add as favourites (99) | Quote this article on your site | Views: 7352

Be first to comment this article

Only registered users can write comments.
Please login or register.

Powered by AkoComment Tweaked Special Edition v.1.4.6
AkoComment © Copyright 2004 by Arthur Konze - www.mamboportal.com
All right reserved

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 April 2007 )
 
< Prev   Next >

Email: secretary@ncag.org.nz

© 2017 Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.