Unitary Plan Hearings
We have received our first invitation from the Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) to a pre-hearing meeting. It covers a range of topics that the IHP have deemed to be out of their scope. If we disagree we need to attend the meeting and make our case.
The next stages are:
There is very good information explaining the panel's procedures on the IHP website.
- Pre-hearing meetings;
- Expert conferences;
- Mediation; and
- Hearing sessions.
Funds for Evidence
When we get to the hearings proper we will require expert evidence. This may take the form of papers on the issues we are defending, such as the pre-1944 overlay, prepared by experts or an expert to appear with us and give evidence. We are reliably informed that the heavy hitters of the property industry and development interests are having a serious go at almost every aspect of the PAUP; the Auckland Design Manual, sustainable development policies, all the design rules and objectives are all being opposed.
This will of course cost money so Coalition Groups will be approached for contributions soon.
We have been asked by one of the Christchurch Civic Trust Board members for support for a new campaign which was launched last week. Please vote on the poll http://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/city-centre/10410374/Cathedral-wars-heat-up
The Great Christchurch Building Trust, which is campaigning to save the building with support from the Restore Christchurch Cathedral group, wants people to know that the cathedral is not a ruin, but that 80 percent of it is largely intact. More photos are at www.amazingcathedral.co.nz
We are distressed to learn that two lovely old houses at 15 and 17 Crummer Road were given a certificate of compliance for demolition. They are victims of some changes that were made between drafts of the UP and the pre-1944 overlay was erroneously removed. However they still wouldn't have survived probably and here is why from the Council:
'They do not contribute to streetscape or character. The distinctive quality of the streetscape or character of this area is of modern business/industrial buildings. These 2 buildings do not contribute to these aspects. Rather they provide a counterpoint. Unfortunately this is not the criteria in the Unitary Plan.'
Using this rationale many standalone character buildings will disappear, especially those in Auckland's early suburbs which are now under development pressure. Please let your Local Board know about this example and be on the look out for this happening in your area. The Local Board Chair in this case, Shale Chambers, questioned the process but has been told that nothing could be done.