Orakei Local Board member Troy Churton has proposed a way to overcome a conflict in considering demolition of heritage buildings.
He has proposed a motion for the board to consider on Thursday, to change some process requirements in the determination of notifications of resource consent applications relating to demolition of pre-1944 buildings. If approved, it would go to the governing body for its support.
In an outline of his proposal, Mr Churton said: “The incidence of applications to demolish character pre-1944 buildings, particularly in Remuera & other Orakei Local Board suburbs, has increased and will likely continue. Examples range from iconic institutional buildings such as the Hannah Block at King’s Prep to character large bungalows within a consistent streetscape context such as 48 Seaview Rd, Remuera.
“There is little evidence of due regard or ability in the planning process to assert the effect of cumulative effects of these sorts of demolition as ‘adverse’ & ‘more than minor’ on the overall values & amenity of a suburb either.
“Where a board planning spokesperson has submitted relevant localised comment about the application and about notification, and backed up with objective & professional support from an established local heritage society as we are fortunate to have in Remuera & St Heliers, and the board member comment is not adopted by a council planner, the resulting conflict should therefore be dealt with enabling the board member to elect advocacy before a duty commissioner and not on papers alone. Alternatively those cases should default to limited notification.