Thursday June 15, 2017
Fence dispute leaves council with options to mull over Wellington City Council has been left considering its options following the rejection of its High Court appeal against an Environment Court ruling stemming from the long-running ‘Roseneath fence’ dispute. The ‘Roseneath fence’ dispute first began in 2015 when a ‘play structure’ was built on a property in Carlton Gore Road blocking views of the harbour from an adjoining property, higher up the hill, in Maida Vale Road. It has since been removed. Council’s city planning man-
ager, Warren Ulusele, said the High Court decision had “major implications” for property owners seeking to build houses or other structures on hillsides or other sloping land in the city. “It is possible that the District Plan – the city’s planning and development rulebook – will be changed to overcome the limitations resulting from the decision.” Warren said this was not about the removal of the structure but the broader implications for Wellington’s residential land owners.
He said the crucial issue in this appeal was the interpretation of the definition of ‘ground level for the purpose of measuring building recession planes’ in the District Plan. “While this may seem like a somewhat dull technical matter, it has the very real effect of causing existing structures to become non-compliant and severely limiting the development that owners of uphill properties can undertake within their properties,” Warren said. “In a city like ours, this was always going to be problematic.
“Retaining walls are a very common feature of residential properties in a hilly city like Wellington – and many of them are on property boundaries. “The interpretation adopted by the court is very challenging to apply in a practical way – one of the more extreme examples could be planning height limits that are at, or below, the level of the ground. “Clearly that’s not an acceptable situation – so we will have to do something on behalf of the potentially impacted land owners around the city.”
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ HOMESTAYS REQUIRED The 12 winners at the awards last week. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe
A Miramar woman with a passion for mountain biking is one of the dozen Absolutely Positively Wellington Award winners announced at the weekend. Ash Peters arrived in Wellington 10 years ago. Since then she has started groups to get more women and children involved in her sport. She set up Revolve Cycling to encourage women into the
activity in 2009 and set up WORD (Wellington Off-road Riding Department) in 2013. WORD is a programme which aims to get Wellington children off their sofas and on to their bikes. Ash said she was “pleasantly surprised” with her win. “It’s really cool. “I guess I knew we had a good thing going with WORD,” she said. Their next step would be to get a scholarship programme
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