Roskill Community Voice Media Release

28th April 2011

“Despite strong opposition from local residents and  organisations, and a Council planning report recommending against it,  commissioners have granted a resource consent for the Pah Rd Warehouse  proposal,” says Julie Fairey, Roskill Community  Voice member on the Puketapapa Local Board.

The decision of the three independent commissioners was released on April 13th.   “Since then we have been contacted by many locals disappointed that  their very real concerns about parking, traffic, noise, protected trees,  flooding  risk and the character of the neighbourhood have been dismissed by  commissioners who don’t have to live with the consequences of their  decision,” says Michael Wood, Roskill Community Voice member on the  Puketapapa Local Board.

“Given the Council planner’s recommendation against  the Warehouse building on the Pah Rd site and the high level of local  opposition the independent commissioners should have declined this  application.  We are supporting residents to investigate  the options for appealing the decision, including the Environment Court  and we are convening a public meeting for further local discussion of  the issue,” says Wood.

The public meeting will be held at the Fickling Centre (beneath the Mt Roskill Library, Three Kings) at 2.30pm on Sunday May 8th.

“It is particularly worrying that the  commissioners’ report is so dismissive of residents’ concerns, implying  that locals have an elitist attitude towards the Warehouse as a  company,” says Fairey.  “Most of the people we have spoken to  who are opposed to the Warehouse building on Pah Rd have told us they  shop at the Warehouse themselves, and would not support any ‘big box’  retail going in to an inappropriate site.  What is the point of having  so-called ‘independent’ commissioners if they  are not going to take submitters at face value?”

ENDS

Contacts:

Julie Fairey, Julie.fairey@aucklandcity.govt.nz, 021 287 9900

Michael Wood, Michael.wood@aucklandcity.govt.nz, 027 547 1926

Background:  The proposal to build a “The Warehouse” retail  store, with associated carparking and additional retail tenancies and  road changes, has been undertaken by Eldamos Investments.  The sites the  development would cover are 100 Pah Rd (formerly  the site of the Holeproof factory), 677, 677A and 679 Mount Albert Rd.   The total retail floor area would be 7500m2, with carparking less than  the minimum required under current regulations.

The resource consent notification for this proposal was notified on November 5th 2010.  It did not go in City Scene, as past notifications of this  nature would have, because City Scene was no longer being published as a  result  of the Auckland Council amalgamation which took effect on November 1st 2010.  Roskill Community Voice leafleted approximately 500 local  households in early December 2010 to encourage public submissions,  whether for, against or neutral. We were surprised  to discover that many locals did not know about the resource consent at  all, or The Warehouse’s plans.  This was only a matter of a few days  before submissions closed on December 10th.  With the assistance of  Councillor Cathy Casey, we sought an extension  to the submission deadline, however this was declined by the CEO of  Auckland Council.  Given the high level of contact we received from  locals on this issue we organised a public meeting in the area to gain  broader community feedback on the proposal. In mid  December 2010 over 70 people attended this public meeting about the  proposal and voted unanimously to oppose it.  In late January 2011   Roskill Community Voice began circulating a petition  amongst local  residents, opposing the development.

Of the 23 submissions made on the resource consent  application, 21 opposed the application, while the remaining 2 were  neutral.  Those submitting against included the James Wallace Arts  Trust, the Onehunga Business Association, and the  Parks, Sport and Recreation department of the Auckland Council.  All  local residents who submitted on the proposal indicated they opposed  it.  Carol Beaumont MP submitted against the proposal as well,  presenting an almost 300-signature strong petition to the  commissioners, with several dozen more signatures coming in after the  hearing.

The decision of the independent commissioners was released on April 13th and we can email you a copy of the report if you contact us.  It does  not appear to be available on the Council website currently

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