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Written by The Northern News   
Thursday, 30 November 2006

The Environment Court has upheld the Paihia Residents and Ratepayers' Association's appeal against a Far North District Council decision allowing South Pacific Apartments to build the 91-apartment building at Marsden Rd.

The court decision follows a week-long hearing in August.

Judge Newhook says in the decision that the building's potential effects on the environment would be adverse and more than minor.

The proposed building would conflict with coastal and regional policy statements and important objectives and polices of the transitional and revised proposed district plans.

"Weighing all matters, and exercising our discretion overall, not only do we hold that we have no jurisdiction to grant consent, but if we did, the negative factors would substantially outweigh the positive," he says.

Association chairwoman Val Cadell says she is 'over the moon' at the outcome of the appeal, which has cost the association more than $72,000 and taken 14 anxious months to bring to court.

"We're incredibly relieved," she says. "The original plan for a 15-storey building should never have been allowed to go ahead without the widest public consultation.

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