New watersports plans kept from panel

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
Takapuna Beach Reserve
MARNIE HALLAHAN/ Fairfax NZ

CURRENT STATE: The Takapuna Beach Reserve as it is now - with the Holiday Park.

Takapuna Beach Reserve
NEW DEVELOPMENT: Concept drawings for the proposed National Ocean Watersports Centre on Takapuna Beach Reserve.

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Yachting New Zealand's plan to present a scaled-back version of the controversial National Ocean Watersports Centre to a hearing panel has been stopped in its tracks.

The plan to build the centre on Takapuna's beachfront reserve, in place of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park, has created a storm of public opinion.

But Auckland Council hearings team leader Julie McKee said the panel will not be considering any new material relating to the Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan, of which the centre is a component.

''The panel have concluded the hearing of submitters and have received the information they requested from the council officers and are not receiving any further information,'' McKee said.

Yachting NZ chairman David Abercrombie said the organisation was in the process of finalising its scaled-back proposal for the high performance yachting centre which will house offices, meeting rooms and a storage facility.

Architects Warren & Mahoney will prepare a new visual of the centre to show the boat storage reduced from 1,500sqm to 1,200sqm and a ''softened'' main building.

Details of the scaled-back proposal have not been discussed with the panel.

''I can assure you that there has been no contact between Yachting NZ and the hearing panel outside the hearing itself,'' McKee said.

The next step is for the panel to hear final comments from council officers.

This hearing will be held on March 5 at 1pm in the Takapuna council chambers.

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