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Support for community house removal

EMMA WHITTAKER
Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014

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The fate of Pt Chevalier's historic community house will soon be known.

The Co-operating Parish's application for resource consent to remove Pt Chevalier's Old Homestead Community House will be publicly notified.

It has been stored at a facility in Kumeu after the Auckland Council granted temporary consent for it to be removed in November from its site on Pt Chevalier Rd.

It is believed to have been built more than 100 years ago and could be one of the area's oldest buildings. It had become dilapidated and its owners have been in talks with the community about building a new facility for years.

Workers were in the process of removing the building when the council ordered them to stop because the homestead is protected by a rule in the draft Unitary Plan covering buildings constructed before 1944. The rule only came into effect on September 30.

The hearings committee decided to open the decision on the building's future to the public after finding it had significant local heritage value.

Residents, churches and community groups have made submissions supporting its removal.

"When I came to Pt Chevalier 50 years ago it was an empty derelict building. As it has aged further it has become more of a risk to the public," Pt Chevalier resident Cynthia Liddle wrote.

Some expressed their shock at the council's decision to halt the removal.

"The actions the council has already taken are costing the parish money it can ill afford to loose," wrote Father Maurice Ford of the Parish of St Francis and St Therese.

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