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Written by Anna Murphy, Letter to the editor, Northern Advocate   
Friday, 09 March 2007

Landco Ltd is presently working on creating accessways to its four agreed building sites on Whakairiora Mountain.

We strongly advocate the need to notify the changes. We wish to encourage the Whangarei District Council to uphold the integrity of the Environment Court’s conditions upon the development and would like to give the Whangarei District Council our full support in making that decision.

The land, which adjoins the Ngunguru Sandspit, is classified as a notable landscape area, with important ecological and landscape values and contains one of the few remnants of coastal forest in the Whangarei District. The non-complying application to subdivide (granted in 2004) went to the Environment Court, where a long list of rigorous conditions were set in place, in order to protect the natural values of the land.

The original land use consent permitted 3,800 m3 of earthworks for constructing the accessways to the four lots. Landco Ltd has applied to increase this to 17 000 m3 (more than five times as much) and to alter the location of the access ways.

Due to the significance of these changes, and the fact that Landco Ltd obviously hopes to gain access to the Sandspit through this land, we believe that these changes should be notified.

Another condition of the consent was that the majority of the area of the lots was to be protected by Conservation Covenant or QE11 Covenant. These have not been set in place. Such a covenant would serve as another balancing factor in restraining the developer’s tendency to make tracks and access ways wider than strictly required.

The Whangarei District Council is still to make a decision regarding the need to notify such a change.

We strongly advocate the need to notify the changes. We wish to encourage the Whangarei District Council to uphold the integrity of the Environment Court’s conditions upon the development and would like to give the Whangarei District Council our full support in making that decision.


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