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Community Fights Development

Published: Tue 22 Dec 2009 11:01 AM
Community Fights Development
The Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association has unanimously decided to appeal the Commissioner's decision to grant consent to the development proposal by ROT-COL Enterprises Ltd for the corner of Titirangi and South Titirangi Roads. The appeal has been filed with the Environment Court.
The 3 story urban style development, incorporating shops, offices and apartments exceeds the height limits for the site in the District Plan, is adjacent to iconic Lopdell House and is on a critical location in the heart of Titirangi Village, on public land.
The Association opposed the proposal due to its height and bulk and impact on heritage features, as well as the urban nature of the development, which they believe will change the character of Titirangi Village.
"Titirangi is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area and is a low-rise, pedestrian scale village framed by bush and views to the Manukau Harbour," said Association spokesperson Mels Barton.
"The Council held a recent public meeting at which 200 local people clearly stated that these were the things they valued about the Village and wanted to retain in the future. This development will destroy all of that and turn the Village into an urban town centre like that of New Lynn. It's the thin end of the wedge, with other development proposals lined up to take a lead from this building. We want to save our unique Village feel because that's what makes Titirangi special, so we're going to fight to get a better outcome more in keeping with the scale of the rest of the commercial buildings."
The Association is fundraising to help with the appeal. If you'd like to make a donation or can offer your services please contact Mels on 816 8337 or email mels@wombatsenvironmental.co.nz
More information will be available on the Association's web sites at http://titirangivillage.blogspot.com and www.titirangi.net.nz
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