Neighbours fight private helicopter pad

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 05:00 15/01/2013
Stanley point
JOHN SELKIRK / Fairfax NZ

PLACE OF BEAUTY: The view looking towards Auckland CBD from Stanley Point.

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An application for a private helicopter pad on Stanley Point has received more than 120 submissions from nearby residents who say it will ruin their quiet neighbourhood.

The property is owned by the family of Berridge Spencer, director of Man O'War Vineyard on Waiheke Island, and is part of a 1.54 hectare estate worth $20 million according to QV reports.

The applicant Tokeoka Properties, which lists Spencer as a director, said any adverse effects to neighbouring residents would be mitigated by the proposed flight path over Ngatiranga Bay, visual buffering provided by established trees around the helipad area and the low frequency of flights.

But those opposing it say it will have a significant negative effect on their neighbourhood.

They're backed up by Greenhithe residents who lost their fight last year to stop a private helipad being built near their homes.

Graham Haycock who lives more than 500m away from Philip Thornton's Greenhithe property said the noise from his neighbour's helicopter was horrific.

"The sound is just so invasive."

Thornton, a director of five companies including North Harbour Pharmacies, applied to build a private helipad on his property last May.

He wanted to use his new helicopter as transport to his Bay of Islands property.

Only 18 submissions were received in opposition but many neighbours said they didn't know about the application until it was too late.

The application was successful but with certain conditions of agreed flight paths, flight times and frequency.

Haycock said those conditions had gone out the window.

''They do what they want and who is going to take them to task on it?'' he said.

Haycock said he chose to buy his property for the peace and quiet of the surroundings and a helicopter ruined that.

Of the 129 submissions received in relation to Tokeoka Properties' application, 123 were in opposition and six were in support.

The main thrust of the submissions focused on the adverse effects a helicopter would create for the area's birdlife, the recreational users of the nearby foreshore and the loss of privacy and noise levels.

There are three private helipads on the North Shore -  Thornton's in Greenhithe, one on Clifton Rd in Hauraki and one on Okura River Rd.

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