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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 City rejects proposal by Gillies By COLIN WILLIAMS Plans for Maidstone Quar- ter , a medium-density housing and business devel- opment proposed by the Gil- lies Group on Blenheim St in front of the former South Pacific Tyres site, have been rejected by the city council. The city hearings com- mittee declined the resource consent application on a split vote and went against the go ahead recommend- ation from its planning officers. The written decision, released last week after last month s two-day hearing, formally recorded the votes of mayor Wayne Guppy and councillor Glenn McArthur against the majority decision of the five-person hearings committee. In favour of rejecting the development, and in the majority, were councillors John Gwilliam, Pat Christ- ianson and Dave Wheeler. Deputy mayor Peter McCardle, a sixth com- mittee member, was absent from the hearing, A three- way decision would have given the mayor a casting vote. The proposed develop- ment, on a 2.9 hectare site and comprising 127 dwellings of various sizes and 10 business units, was planned to take up to 10 years to complete. The majority decision to reject Maidstone Quarter listed several issues leading to the committee s decision. It considered that over- all the proposed develop- ment would not provide sat- isfactory levels of amenity for residents, particularly with outdoor privacy, including the compromises to the outlook from indoor spaces as a result of privacy and screening measures . Noise from the neigh- bouring industrial and com- mercial areas was also cited as a problem, with the proposed necessary miti- gation measure likely to be of limited effect at times when residents sought to access and enjoy their out- door areas . The extent of land given up to car parking and the arrangement of this was also seen as unsatisfactory although, overall, the com- mittee was satisfied the traffic effects would be no more than minor. A main finding also acknowledged the positive effects of the proposal, including building residen- tial mass around the central business district . The proposal, however, was also seen as inconsist- ent with the city s Urban Growth Strategy, particu- larly with its consideration to future potential uses of the South Pacific Tyres site and its strong theme of keeping existing business land for business use . The proposed develop- ment would deny the opportunity for other alternative commercial or recreational land uses to establish on the site, the committee s written decision says. In summation and taken as a whole , the councillors found the proposal would not satisfy the overall intentions of the objectives and policies of the city dis- trict plan . The site s current plan zoning is business indus- trial and the application sought approval as a dis- cretionary activity. Overall, the adverse environmental effects of the proposal would be more than minor, the decision said. A detailed report from the city planning policy man- ager Mitch Lewandowski, released ahead of the hear- ing, had recommended con- sent be given though the view was one that to a degree is made on balance . Mr Lewandowski s reservations were in the areas highlighted in the hearings committee decision. He also said other factors flipped the scales towards his making a recommen- dation for approval in an opinion which, in the end, was not shared by the hearings committee. Letters 10 Real Estate 31-45 Arts 35-37 Motoring 46 Classifieds 47-51 Sport 53-56 Drizzle fails to dampen festival enthusiasm By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Crowded house: Thousands pack Main St for Saturday's annual Spring Festival, the 10th held in Upper Hutt. Photo: PETER McDONALD Light drizzle failed to dampen the enthusi- asm of thousands who turned out for Saturday s Rimutaka Trust Upper Hutt Spring Festival. Main St and side streets were packed with 150 stalls, entertainment and thou- sands of shoppers from early morning till the festival s close at 3pm. Joint organiser Tracy Harker from the Upper Hutt Women s Centre said the Upper Hutt community had supported the festival well. Organisers were grateful to the public, stallholders, volunteer helpers and the Rimutaka Trust, she said. She thought attendance was down on last year, possibly because of a clash with a festival in Petone, but light drizzle did not deter those who came. Profits, which help run the centre, were about $15,000. On-stage entertainment was well- received, especially the festival debut of the Tommy Guns. Popular displays included the army, vin- tage machinery and car clubs, she said. More photos, pages 16, 17 NEW LOCATION We have moved. The Upper Hutt Leader has moved to new premises on the corner of Pine Ave and Queen St. The former bed shop is larger than our Main St site of 20 years and better configured for a modern community news- paper office. WELSH FIRST AT TRENTHAM Campervan cup village 5 NAME MORE INCLUSIVE Change at Expressions 35 HERETAUNGA HARD LUCK Hockey drama and pain 56
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