Published 3 August 2012
Environment Judge Laurie Newhook has struck out the Auckland Council’s case for mapping demolition controls affecting 2 Remuera residential properties, with a tongue-lashing for council non-performance.
The successful applicants for a partial strikeout of the council’s case were Carol Faull & Henry Hall, owners f properties on Ranui & Coombes Rds, who’d joined in proceedings on the council’s plan change 163, introducing controls designed for heritage dwellings in the Auckland isthmus residential 2 zone.
The controls are intended to preserve the character created by the zone’s pre-1940 homes.
Judge Newhook said in his 26 July interlocutory decision the 2 properties hadn’t originally been included in the council’s mapping of properties it wanted to be covered by the demolition controls, but came into contention as a result of a submission by the Remuera Heritage Society.
The society withdrew from proceedings but was replaced by environmental lawyer Richard Brabant (acting as a Remuera resident), who’d sought to maintain the controls on these & numerous other properties.
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Attribution: Judgment, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.