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Brown: council consultation needed on Sunnyhills apartment block

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Member of Parliament for Pakuranga, Simeon Brown, is calling on Auckland Council to seek input from the public on a consent application to build a multi-level apartment block in Sunnyhills, Pakuranga, which would replace a neighbourhood dairy.

“An application for consent has been lodged with Auckland Council to build a three-level apartment block in the quiet suburb of Sunnyhills in Pakuranga. This is proposed to replace a single level dairy which currently serves the local community on The Boulevard” said Brown.

He went on to say “The reality is that under the Unitary Plan zoning of ‘Business – Neighbourhood Centre Zone’, the dairy owner can convert the building into a residential use – it is a restricted-discretionary activity and Auckland Council should notify this to the public for submissions.”

He added “Every single dairy in Auckland could be converted into a 13m high apartment block regardless of the nature of the community it is within. This could set a precedent which will see development across Auckland which was not intended by the Unitary Plan.”

“Sunnyhills is a traditional single house suburb and was built with a covenant to retain this character. Whilst change will inevitably happen over time, this magnitude of change should be put to the community for feedback” said Brown.

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